What then, is the difference between humorous and cheesy or dramatic and laughable when it comes to writing a holiday romance?
I'm beginning to think it all has its roots in cliche. We don't want a story that reads like an X-rated version of 'A Christmas Carol' or 'The Polar Express'. We don't want to watch every Christmas stereotype prance across the page before declaring its undying love and then just stopping. Because really, what happens to these people after the holidays are over? Is there anything left?
Instead I think you have to focus on the real feelings and emotions that seem to be attached to this iconic holiday season. Everyone has something along the lines of 'Christmas Baggage'. We're all carrying around expectations, anxiety, and family issues that somehow manage to monopolize our thoughts and feelings beginning shortly after Halloween. And THAT is where the story must come from. Not to say that all Holiday themed novels should focus on the typical family holiday squabble. But even a comedic storyline can have its roots in things like lost childhood, unfulfilled dreams, and anger resulting from Santa disillusionment.
Well holiday shoppers, its back to the creative think tank for me. Merry Christmas to all-And to all a good night!