This is not an anti-HEA rant, even though it is about HEAs. Happy Ever Afters, for peeps new to Romancelandia.
What irritates me so greatly at the moment is this tendency in paranormal romance series to end every single book Happy Happy Happy.
Take Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunters, for instance. I used to loooooooove them–she was one of the authors who started me on paranormals.
For some reason, I picked them up to reread again today. And it bugs the hell out of me that she’s made every one immortal.
The short version is that a couple who got their HEA in a shorter book, the hero losing his immortality in the process, became immortal again.
Why does this bug me?
Because I think it diminishes the love they have for each other.
Because I think it diminishes the HEA they originally had.
Because I think that the hero willingly giving up his immortality made him worthy of getting a HEA.
Part of it is simply that I’m puzzled. I don’t understand why an author would do this. I’m not Sherrilyn Kenyon. I am me, and that her vision is not mine is My Problem, not hers. I see that.
The other parts, I’m not so sure.