Sunday, 28 August 2011

Guest Post: Romance and the Supernatural by L.M. Pruitt

As part of the 'Shades of Gray' book blog tour hosted by The Bookish Snob Promotions, I have the lovely and brilliant LM Pruitt over here visiting the blog for today, talking about romance and the supernatural. You can find my review and links to where to purchase the book here.

"Romance is tricky. Period. What’s romantic for one person is by no means romantic for the next. Some women go nuts over flowers. I know that they’ll be dead within a matter of days, most likely because I have a toxic hand with plants. I’ve killed bamboo before, so I’m not joking. Chocolate? Meh. Depends on my mood in general. But you buy me the book I’ve been salivating over and haven’t gotten to buy for whatever reason? There’s a good chance I’ll forgive your transgression or just forget about it completely.

Clearly, I’m somewhat untraditional.

One of the more memorable moments in the movie Legion (which has almost no romance) is when Gabriel and Michael are battling toward the end. Gabriel asks why/how Michael is there/not dead. Michael replies (forgive the para-quotation), “You gave Him what he wanted. I gave Him what he needed.” Now, obviously in real life situations someone isn’t going to kill/save the human race on your whim, but the point is the same.

It’s far easier to give someone what they want than what they need. Wants are usually very easy and more likely to be material or physical. Flowers, champagne, diamonds – even when they’re meant, they’re quick fixes to the inherent problem or situation. Heck, don’t get me wrong. If I could have someone drop a bucket load of money in my lap, tax-free, and say, “Do with it what you will,” I’d be ecstatic.

However, I don’t need it. Before you go psycho and ask what’s wrong with me, let me explain.

If you gave me a bucket of money, I’d do a lot of responsible things. I’d pay off all my debt, pay off my mom’s debt, get her a place to live, myself a place to live, set up college funds for a variety of people, endow a scholarship… you get the point. But after that, well, I’d be lazy for a while. Which is never in my best interests. I do the worst things every when I’m bored and feeling lazy. It’s like my mind demands amusement and the only way to achieve it is through wrecking some part of my life.

So a bucket of money? Not good.

The same principle applies in romance. The man who gives you everything you want is good, for the short haul at least. But what about when it comes to meeting basic needs, like trust, respect, love? If someone is inclined to take the easy way to generate emotions, I’d be likely to say those emotions won’t last long. But the man who gives you what you need, even if you don’t want it, even if you hate it? There’s moral fiber there, someone to turn to in the middle of the night to help you fight your demons and to walk next to in the day to face more mundane problems.

I would rather have someone who makes me face my problems, makes me face myself, than someone who placates me with a box of chocolates. I can trust he’ll be there, no matter what, which is a helluva lot better than chocolates.

Especially since most of those chocolate box sets are full of weirdness."

Hear hear, I totally agree with you. My man makes me face my demons instead of hiding away, he's there when I want to talk about stuff that is bugging me and he is there for me - through thick and thin. I think if I was with a guy that just placated me and gave me stuff I wanted, well he would be out of money very quickly, hehe!!

What do you guys think? Does your man give you what you want of what you need?

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About LM Pruitt

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. Titles written include New Moon Rising, Shades of Gray, the first novel in the Jude Magdalyn series, as well as Hole in the Wall, a Jude Magdalyn short. She is currently at work on Taken. She makes her home in Florida with one two cats—one smart, the other an idiot.

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Tanya1224 said...

My husband definitely gives me what I need. Sometimes what I want but mostly what I need. Sometimes it annoys me but usually he's right. He's very open and honest so if he doesn't like something he lets you know. Thanks for the chance to try and win a new read. Gfc follow as Tanyaw1224

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