This summer I decided I want to try experimenting with video as a way to connect with you Champions and our community, so I am pleased to share my first (and very unpolished/unedited) attempt!
As part two of this little experiment, I also joined TikTok....though I’m not certain I’m going to stay on there. (As I said, this is all just testing things out!)
Let me know what you think of this experiment in the comments! My team and I will be watching as this is an easier way for me to connect despite my health issues, so I’m trying to make it work! (That’s also why I’m not editing it–I’m attempting to make this as streamlined and fast as possible.) Otherwise, if you enjoyed it let me know if there’s something specific you’d like me to ramble about! 😉 Until next time, thanks for reading–and watching!
I love marriage of convenience, but I rather the werewolf trope (pack of dawn and destiny) even though Court Of Midnight And Deception is my the best of the trilogy of trilogies (Magiford Supernatural City).
please do some more stuff om Life Reader, I recently read it for the first time’
I love your videos! I enjoy your sense of humor and I understand you may feel awkward but your champions love hearing from you! Keep up the videos! We’ll eat up anything you give us!
This video was so fun!!! Please do more 🙂
I loved your video! I hope you continue making them, especially if it means we get to see your wonderful face more, even with your faltering health!
I really enjoyed your video! Keep doing them!
The marriage of convenience trope where the couple actually ends up falling in love for real is tough to pull off believably, tougher than the plethora of Regency romance books that use it would have you believe. For one thing, it can lend itself to uncomfortable questions of agency, since to get the couple into the position where they need to commit for life without actually knowing each other all that well means there’s a lack of better choices–they wouldn’t get married at all if they had their druthers. Kitty circumvents this in a particularly clever way in The Second Age of Retha books, where it’s the characters’ *avatars* who commit to each other in order to get the in-game perks of a “betrothal,” not the real people playing them, so there’s no aspect of them being stuck together forever if they actually turned out to be incompatible. The other thing I like about Kit and Solus Miles’ growing emotional connection is that it is suuuuper slow burn, playing out across multiple books. It makes the possible endgame of them getting together in real life a believable outcome–if frustrating in the here and now because it’s been so long since we had a new book in the series. (We love you Kitty, take care of your health first and ignore our whining.)
I also like the way she handled this trope in Royal Magic because of how upfront the characters were about their expectations in entering the marriage, and how this is actually helpful to their relationship in the long run. They both felt as if they had to hide their true selves from the world because of expectations placed on them, but once married they didn’t need to “perform” for the other and so got to see the real person under the facade. But I felt as though they each could have been happy enough even if they *didn’t* fall in love with each other, because their marriage was rooted from the beginning in a place of honesty.
Normally I’m not the hugest fan of this trope, but you can tell Kitty has put a lot of thought into how to make it work believably within the characters and worlds she’s created.
I enjoyed the video! Maybe sometime you could discuss some of your earlier books, like Robyn Hood and LifeReader? LifeReader is one of my favorites!
Meagan C. says
I also enjoyed the little video clips! I love that they are unedited, because it makes it feel much more like you’re really talking to us than a perfect video would! Also, thanks for posting it on your website and in the newsletters. I left facebook a few years ago and I’m really bad about checking YouTube for updates, so the blog and newsletters are the best way for me to find them!
I really enjoyed your segment regarding talking about your favorite romance tropes. I hope that you have more.