Welcome to the Snowbound Love Blog Hop hosted and organized by the administrative team at Sizzling PR. This hop will be going on from January 10 thru 13, 2013.
Winter romances ignite a spark in readers vastly different from summer romances which are often less antagonist by nature. The length of time to court a summer romance is usually instantaneous while winter romances require a longer gestation period by comparison to break down protective mechanisms. By nature, winter alludes to cold, chilly, frosty weather and as a consequence, winter romances incorporate such images.
Such a case is the widely popular story of Beauty and the Beast originally written by French author Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villenuve in 1740 and abridged to its current state in 1756 by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont. In the story, Belle and the Beast are at odds with each other. Her gentle spirit is in direct contrast to his brash and coarse nature. The story moves along in incremental stages as Belle and the Beast’s protective mechanisms are broken down. She must learn to not withdraw from him and he must learn compassion to understand her instinct to be kind to others. Their courtship takes time to nurture like a block of ice that needs to thaw.
Sometimes that thawing process takes a more figurative meaning like in William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. In the tale, Luciento and Bianco want to marry but they can’t until Bianca’s older sister Katharina, who is a high maintenance gal prone to imposing demands on others, is married first. Luciento petitions the men in the village to propose to Kat, but nobody takes the bait except one ogre, an improvised nobleman named Petruchio. The intensity that brews between Kat and Petruchio is fodder for romantic comedies. The coldness between the two takes time to melt, but when it does the two become natural paramours.
Another winter romance which takes place in the Arctic palisades of Scotland’s Highlands is the historical romance Rebellion by Nora Roberts. Her story echoes another side of frosty romances from the previous two as an English knight, Brigham Langston, is quite pleased with the beautiful Scottish lass the king chose for him to marry, though Serena MacGregor is not inclined to being Brigham’s bride. She causes him great discomfort and trouble from the start as her temperamental nature refuses to be tamed, but in time, Brigham disarms her and transforms her into the woman beneath the icy façade.
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