Susanna here, sorry to be posting so late in the day, and with a recycled post, yet—one I wrote several years ago over at The Heroine Addicts, but one that still strikes a strong chord with me, and leaves me curious to know your thoughts on the subject…
Back at the beginning of 2012, Jane at Dear Author wrote a wish list of Things She’d Like to See from the Romance Genre, and her #5 wish was More Courtship.
"I am not sure whether it is paranormals and the fated mates that have led to the slow devolution of the courtship, but whatever is the reason, we need to put a stop to it," Jane wrote. "I love the courtship. Dating is so rife with opportunity and conflict. Where is the slow build of attraction?"
Now, don't get me wrong, I believe in the concept of instant attraction and people who simply belong with each other, but watching while two people start to become more aware of each other is wonderful, too, and Jane's post got me thinking how much I love those films and novels in which the main characters actually go out on dates, get to know one another, prolong the suspense for us. Will they or won't they? The almost-kiss can be as sexy to me (sometimes sexier) than sex itself.