When I was a very young child of a very superstitious Irish mom I looked toward Friday the 13th with fear and anguish. We avoided ladders, broken mirrors, and black cats with a passion. We threw salt over our shoulders if it spilled. No hats on the bed seemed a silly rule, but I followed it. Then I got a little older and had new fears–horror movies.
In high school the original Friday the 13th with a very young Kevin Bacon hit the screens across America. As a teenager I loved the thrills and chills of a massive teenage massacre. A little nudity to entice, a hidden message that sex and drugs were bad for teenagers, and blood and gore. What’s not to love?
Well, like us all, I grew up. Got married, had a few kids, and things changed. I still love blood and gore movies and books too. The massive killing of teenagers; not so much. As a teenager you think you are invincible, so the scary movies are just that, scary. A little thrill, a little chill. When you grow up and have to send your children out into the world, you realize the world is more than just a little scary and bad things really do happen, not just in movies, and the young female isn’t always saved in the end.
I read a lot of romantic suspense; Allison Brennan, Karen Rose, and Jordan Dane. These ladies pull no punches. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes awful, rotten, unimaginable things. This is the world we live in. This is the world they write about.
So maybe the scary movies and books are just for that reason. We may never know why a young child died or so many young women are still missing. But, in romantic suspense not only is the villain caught if not killed, we get to know why they do the evil things they do. Sometimes, we need to know why so we can sleep at night. And with romantic suspense we get true love and happiness as well. And the young female is not only saved, she is usually the one doing the saving.