A to Z Challenge – P (WR)

It’s April again and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge and this year, my theme for the A to Z Challenge is characters and narrators.

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss

P is for Paramour  

Merriam Webster defines a paramour as “a person with whom someone is having a romantic or sexual relationship and especially a secret or improper relationship.”

Oh my, that seems like it’s right up the romance genre’s alley..

And it is 😉

In romance novels, the young heroine is often seduced thoroughly (honestly, who wants a half-assed seduction?) by a dashing paramour…and they live happily ever after.

But outside of the romance genre, and even in some stories within the genre, the paramour isn’t necessarily a hero(ine).  As with any character, the paramour is flexible.  He or she may only be a plot device (telling our hero/heroine of the true nature of their spouse/partner), an informant on the antagonist’s movements, the key in unraveling the antagonist, a rival/antagonist, or someone’s alibi in a murder mystery.

When writing them, I think the most important thing to highlight other than their obvious <ahem> skills, would be their facial expressions.  A knowing smile spread slowly across the paramour’s lips or a plump pout of lips….these may sometimes be overdone, but my oh my are they ever so much fun in any proper paramour.

Happy Saturday. 🙂


One thought on “A to Z Challenge – P (WR)”

  1. Ah the Paramour…always one of my favorites. I enjoy them immensely. I agree there’s always a focus on the best paramour’s facial expressions or physical characteristics. I guess that makes sense because more often than not…that’s their main appeal. When properly executed they can be hilarious, evil, quick-witted.

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