The Wonderful World of Happily Ever After

April Fool’s Day deserves a special treat so here you go – I am pround and happy to host today Blodeuedd and present our discussion about HEA in literature and in real life. Enjoy!

Blodeuedd reviews books (everything from HR, PNR to fantasy and historical fiction) on Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell. She is a sucker for a happy ending and has a weak spot for Jane Austen variations. Even if fantasy is her one true love, and the one love where the happy ending can be thrown out of the window (but don’t tell anyone 😉

Anachronist (yes, that’s me) is just helping Blodeuedd in a capacity of a poltergeist while she is not busy writing her own blog (Books As Portable Pieces of Thoughts,  I know, the name is far too long but somehow it seemed a good idea back then). She is a cynic when it comes to romantic endings but, after all,some balance must be kept or the Sun will fall from the sky 😉
Weclome to the Wonderful World of Happily Ever After 

by Blodeuedd and Anachronist

B: Now where to start? I love HEAs, how can you not love them. The prince gets the poor servant girl and the list continues …
A: Courtesan would be better than the servant girl you know…far more outlandish so to speak.
B: I actually took that away cos I fear my own ….
A: Prejudice?
B. Yeah, prejudice, came into play. Come on! A duke should never marry a courtesan! Oh I am a horrrible HEA lover.
A: HEA shouldn’t be limited, you know, and there are plenty of books about whores getting a nice HEA, male or female, no matter.

B. Now who is teaching who here? I knew that there is as big HEA lover inside you.
A: Not at all, just making a pertinent remark. You can edit that later 😉 *snickering*
B. Edit, nah, this stays as it is, it’s perfect.
A: I hate HEAs all the same and nah, it is not perfect without at least two edits ;p

B: Back to the courtesan, I do love when the whore lives happily ever after, but that little voice inside of me tells that he can never take his whore to town cos the TON would laugh their asses off.
A: Ton or not people tend to be sensible – if you marry a whore you get no connections, usually no money and no political clout so why bother? You just keep paying her or him and get what you want anyway 😉

B. No, no! That is horrible. He should marry his whore, he should not care about what others thing if he truly is in love. He should live in a little cottage with her and cast his title aside

Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson – yes, he abdicated and they married but do they look happy? Do they, really?
A: LOLOLOLOLOL dear me, you know there was just one king who actually more or less followed your instructions, my lady. He was called Edward, he married Mrs Simpson, an American divorcee, and the rest is the silence. Nobody else dared be as stupid as him. Still they didn’t live in a cottage.

B: Then I blame the Swedes, I learnt of the history of King Erik and Karin Månsdotter in school. The King married a soldier’s daughter…of course that ended badly too. They were put in prison by his brothers and then he was poisoned and she spent the rest of her life in Finland. Still he married for love *coughs lust  it was surely lust but who cares*

King Erik XIV and Karin Månsdotter (and someone who is not happy at all)

A: Stupid man…if it was lust then he shouldn’t have married her at all. And in real life, as you proved it yourself, there is no HEA. Not really.

B. True, it always ends badly. Now I am sad, where are the HEAs?!

B: Oh you are wicked 😉 But bad books, oh no, you mean awesome books! A book should have a HEA. Everything should end with kisses and roses and no one should care about the ton or anything else. I love them, and I will always love them. But in real life, yeah, no HEAs, I did not go for the guy with the fancy car who would take me away. I went where my heart told me to go…still that is a HEA.

A: I think you hit the nail on its head. A good HEA – yes, such a thing exist – should be close to reality, so no princes, no roses but it doesn’t exclude happiness either. Just a different form of happiness I suppose.

B. But I love princes! Still you are right, I would love other sorts of romances, books where the Maid finds love with the valet and raises 6 kids in a cottage. It does not always have to be dukes and princes.

A: Ah, you love also these little cottages, don’t you? I suppose a big fat castle would be fine as well but…not for a maid. In other words, unless a maid transforms itself into a princess she is 100% better off with that valet in a simple hut. The transformation process – here lies the main difficulty. Some authors tend to forget that it takes a lot of pain and effort, it is a hell of give-and-take so you must lose something in order to gain something else and you are never sure if that ‘something else’ will be actually better.

B. *interrupts and forgets what that her point was*.

A: I just wanted to say that I am becoming a bit too verbose so back right to you 🙂

B: I think we have a lovely post right here. But I will say, we do love HEAs and no suffering and all that, because we want the fantasy. We do not want to know about the struggle cos we all struggle in real life. So for once it is nice to sink down and read a book where everything works out and no one is worried about money, or if they can take home their whore for dinner 😉

A: That’s rather an acute remark you know. We do want the impossible even if we are aware it is just a pie in the sky…

A: This guy is a bit overweight…I bet he doesn’t wash his teeth…and you know him how long exactly? You…don’t know him at all? Yeah…the best of luck, my princess! Mwuahahahahahaha!

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