Sunday, January 17, 2010

Reincarnation and Romance

I don't know why it is that I've always loved a good reincarnation story. There is just something about a love so enduring that it can survive the ultimate break-up story of death and rebirth.

I've always believed in the concept. It never had to be explained to me - I just always understood that people live and learn over many lifetimes. (I must have been a Hindu in one of my many incarnations and as I'm told I've had 837 of them, it's possible.) Anyhoo, I'm sure I read romances with such a theme before Christina Skye's Dreycott Abbey series, but that's the one that really sticks out in my mind. Oh, that and Katherine Kerr's Deverry series. Though labeled as fantasy, Ms. Kerr's books are rich in love and romance. Indeed the very premise of the series revolves around a great love that spurred jealousy and ended in tragedy. Good stuff.

Over the years, I've developed a few ideas of my own that are reincarnation-centered romances. I never developed them though. Not to the point of actually putting them in anything close to publishable form. Then, as happens with me on more than one occassion a week, an idea came to me from a dream. This one was a blind date that turns into a reincarnation of a Victorian couple. Oh, Jeez. What is their story? I don't know, I only got a flash of them in both settings. One at a modern bar and the other one in a private salon while music came muffled through the walls. They were in elegant Victorian clothing and going at it like a couple of love-starved maniacs. All right, I can work with that.

It might be fun to hatch an idea about how they got together before, what pulled them apart and what stands between them now in modern times.

Is there one particular sub-genre you absolutely adore, but haven't written yet? Do you think you ever will?



Antonia Pearce said...

I totally agree! I've always believed in reincarnation. I wrote one book that touched on the idea, but would love to write something with that more central to the theme. LOVED Christina Skye's Draycott Abbey series! So romantic. I just loved those books and wish she'd do more.

jamiebabette said...

I'm working on a reincarnation story of sorts and it's been fun. As for a subgenre I enjoy, but haven't written, well, I've never been visited by any plotbunnies for a vampire romance.

Sierra Wolfe said...

Great post, Kate! I would love to read a reincarnation story! That would have to be the most romantic theme, forever love. You should totally write it!

Mark Alders said...

I'm coming back as my dog. Bloody things sits there all day, watches TV gets waited on foot and paw and gets taken out for 'tinkles'.

What a life..

Seriously, I love my puppy. She's a papillion pure bred and as spoilt as you can imagine. ;-)

Tierney said...

Someone who believes in reincarnation said to me that in my past life, I must have been an ugly person or animal. Because I am pretty in this life. LOL *sigh* Its been years since that day. We lost touch. I wonder why? Okay, I'm rambling. Better hit the bed. Head is buzzing. Can't think right....I'm losing it....snort.

Kate, great post. Sorry, I couldn't think of something intellectual to say. And I call myself an author. *sigh* Just one of those moments. I'm only human. Okay, better go. I might start singing.

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