HFN Or HEA? What Makes a Story a HEA for You?
Here we are sailing into May. Hard to believe, right? Weather is still all topsy turvy with Spring blossoms vying with snowflakes depending upon where you live. Here its’ winds and pollen, blossoms and varying temperatures. All of which makes staying indoors and reading or listening a great way to spend the time.
Which segues into this Sunday’s topic. HFN Or HEA? What makes a story a HEA or HFN for you? That came up last night as I finished reading a story I wanted to review this week. It ended on a great note. There was a proposal, the couple was definitely in love (yes, having declared it previously), but no wedding. Just a proposal. Also there is a child in the mix, that while a custody battle was semi settled, there wasn’t a permanent solution figured out. Just a “feeling” that everything was going to work out in the end. New job, etc. It got me thinking. How would I classify that ending? I believe that author has it as a HEA. And in many ways I can see that. They are a committed couple, engaged. They see themselves as a family unit going forward so yes, ok.
But….for me, there is also a lot of things still “up in the air” so to speak. Elements in their lives that need settling before I might consider this a HEA. Maybe more stability …I just don’t know why the feeling of that HEA totally escaped me here. But it did. Perhaps since we get to see progress of other couple from the story here, this might carry through to the third novel. The author has a way of progressing her characters through her series, maturing the relationships or letting the readers see a progression in bits and pieces.
But again, it got me thinking why does one ending leave me so completely satisfied with the fate and relationship for a couple and another , nodding in recognition of a HFN? And before I continue further I should say that HFN means Happy For Now and HEA means Happily Ever After. Sign, sometimes I just assume people know what those terms mean. HFN is where the couple might face an uncertain future, it could be temporary with a HEA still in play. But life always manages to throw in obstacles in the path to HEA so for me HFN has always felt a more realistic choice in some cases however my heart wants a HEA for everyone.
I mean can you have a HEA after a short amount a time? I’m talking about stories where the couples meet, fall in love in a week or two and have a HEA? Possible? Maybe ….or maybe not. Maybe a HFN feels more authentic.
What makes a HEA feel real to you?
For me it’s where I have been on the journey with the couple to find their HEA, the relationship dynamics and characters felt real and believable. I’ve watched the romance grow in depth, from stage to stage until everything comes to a culmination that says they made it, they are an established couple with a future ahead of them that we can and do believe in. It’s golden (even if certain authors are then going to put them through the wringer lol). Eventually we know they will toddle off together happy as rainbow clams.
But that’s me. What’s your definition? What elements have to be in play for a story to be a HEA for you ? Or a HFN? Let me know….a gift cert will be in your future. Cut off date in 2 weeks time.
This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sunday, April 28:
- HFN Or HEA? What Makes a Story a HEA for You? This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
- Book Blitz – Clare London’s The Accidental Baker
Monday, April 29:
- Review Tour – Love Is A Walk In The Park – V.L. Locey & Stephanie Locey
- Review Tour – Rebecca Cohen’s Anthony, Earl of Crofton
- Release Blitz for Annabelle Jacobs ‘ Wounded Soul
- DSP PROMO Amanda Meuwissen on Coming Up for Air
- An Ashlez Review: Sweating Lies – Criminal Delights: Taken (Lies #1) by Emma Jaye
- A MelanieM Review: Anthony, Earl of Crofton by Rebecca Cohen
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Love Is A Walk In The Park by V.L. Locey & Stephanie Locey
Tuesday. April 30:
- PROMO Mourning Dove by R.R. Campbell
- Blog Tour – Sweating Lies – Criminal Delights: Taken Lies #1) by Emma Jaye
- Blog Tour – Grace Kilian Delaney – Living On A Dare
- An Alisa Review: Rescued by Love by Deirdre O’Dare
- A Stella Release Day Review: Coming Up for Air by Amanda Meuwissen
- An Alisa Release Day Review: Murder Most Lovely (Lacetown Murder Mysteries #1) by Hank Edwards and, Deanna Wadsworth
- A MelanieM Review: Don’t Fight the Spark by Kasia Bacon
Wednesday, May 1:
- Review Tour – Montana Sky (Montana #6) by RJ Scott
- Review Tour – Lillian Francis – Under The Radar
- Release Blitz – Bryan T. Clark – Escaping Camp Roosevelt
- Release Blitz Made For You by Anyta Sunday
- A MelanieM Review : Under The Radar by Lillian Francis
- A Lucy Review: All My Fault by Michael Gouda
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review : Montana Sky (Montana #6) by RJ Scott
Thursday, May 2:
- In the Spotlight Tour and Giveaway: RUNNING ON EMPTY, a Havoc novel by SE Jakes
- Release Blitz – 717 miles by Sophia Soames
- DSP PROMO Murder Most Lovely by Hank Edwards and Deanna Wadsworth
- Blog Post – Avery Cockburn – Play Hard (Glasgow Lads 4.5)
- An Ali Review:Starting from Zero by Lane Hayes
- A MelanieM Review :717 miles by Sophia Soames
- A Free Dreamer Review: Destructive Forces by Harry F. Rey
Friday, May 3:
- The Doctor’s Secret by Heidi Cullinan Tour
- Blog Tour – Unimaginable by Iyana Jenna
- Release Blitz – GB Gordon – Match Grade (Criminal Delights)
- An Alisa Review: Unimaginable by Iyana Jenna
- An Ali Release Day Review: Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs #4) by L.A. Witt
- A Chaos Moondrawn Review: Dangerous Times by Isobelle Winter
- A MelanieM Review:The Doctor’s Secret (Copper Point Medical #1) by Heidi Cullinan
Saturday, May 4 May the Fourth Be With You!:
- HARMONY INK PROMO Gina Harris and Anne Key
- A MelanieM Review: Arctic Wild (Frozen Hearts #2) by Annabeth Albert