S is for Sleeping – Alphabet Challenge
I mean that word literally: sleeping. I’ve sometimes pondered how people who do one night stands manage to sleep in the same bed with a stranger (or, strangers). Sleeping puts you in such a vulnerable position. You really have to trust that person not to harm you while you’re unconscious. Occasionally, I’ve read fiction (rarely romantic fiction), where the hero and heroine are left with little choice but to bed down together, or nap together. If they’re hostile to each other, how does that work?
In fictional romance, sleeping together is a signal to the reader that one of two things is happening: 1, the hero and heroine characters are established and intended to, sometime or other, have sex together; or, 2, the hero and heroine have learned to trust one another. Whether subtle or unsubtle, the reader picks up on these clues and is emotionally steered where the author intends her to go.
In my work, I try to use sleeping together as a signal that something has changed, much as I outlined above. I’m not sure if other writers are as intentional as I am, but, as a person who really couldn’t sleep with someone I didn’t know well, I wouldn’t feel comfortable writing any other way.
Should a hero or heroine be easy and comfortable sleeping next to a stranger? Would that put you off in a book, or would you suspend your disbelief and just accept that it can happen for some people?
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