Hello Romance Novels In Color!!!
It’s LaQuette, your friendly erotic romance author. I’m dropping in to talk to you about the friends-to-lovers trope. I may have mentioned previously that when I need some downtime from my writing, I often binge-watch T.V. shows on streaming networks. Well, to my surprise HULU added the entire ten seasons of Smallville to their roster. There was no way your girl was missing an opportunity to gaze at that beautiful specimen of man, Tom Welling. Once I learned of this development, I watched it. All of it. All ten seasons of it.
I loved the show when Smallville originally aired. However, halfway through the fifth season, I stopped watching it. Why? I became frustrated with the treatment of Allison Mack’s character, Chloe Sullivan. Chloe was Clark’s best friend on the show. She kept and protected his super-powered secret, and loved him not-so-secretly from afar.
Clark followed Lana around Smallville for approximately six seasons. It was annoying the way he pined for her like a love-sick puppy. He tortured himself attempting to please and protect her. In the end, she was never truly satisfied. Subsequently, while he crawled, begging for Lana to accept him as he was, Chloe had his back like the ride-or-die chick that she was.
I’m certain we’re all aware there were only two women Clark Kent loved in the Superman mythology: Lana Lang, as teenager, and Lois Lane, as an adult. However, as a viewer watching sixteen years ago, and even catching up on it again now in the present, I still feel the show missed an opportunity to tap into the awesomeness that was Clark and Chloe. Yes, we know he was only supposed to love Lana and Lois. But in ten years, they couldn’t have allowed Clark and Chloe to be a real couple for at least one season? Especially when we all knew Clark thought about it more than once.
Ultimately, Clark and Chloe together would have been awesome for two reasons: She was devoted to him, and he could trust her with anything. Isn’t that the basis of the most amazing romance you can think of? There was room for conflict in that relationship too. The kind of conflict that comes when you love the person you’re with, but you both know it’s meant to be a right now thing, and not a forever thing. I felt that would have been a decent alternative to the, “If I can’t get my way, then I’m leaving you,” drama they spun every week between Clark and Lana. Genuine conflict, and not the emotional blackmail they used to perpetuate the Clark and Lana situation.
The one good thing that came out of binge-watching another TV fave was my need to right that wrong with a friends-to-lovers story of my own creation. The idea is still in its infancy, but trust me, in my version, the friend that’s hanging out in the background is going to get her man. This will be my tribute to the Chloes of the world.
If you like the friends-to-lovers trope, here’s your chance to tell me what you like about it. Does it fascinate you the way it does me? Have you ever been in Chloe’s shoes, aching for someone that doesn’t notice you? Or, were you vindicated? Did your secret crush have a crush on you too?
This is LaQuette, your friendly erotic romance author, embracing my crazy…one character at a time.