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Did You Ever Think About Writing a Harlequin Yourself?
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PostPosted: 10 Aug 2011, 06:59 
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Ok, the title says it all but last night while going to bed I thought about that. I *somehow* have a belief that I can write a good harlequin.. After reading almost every harlequin manga on internet I think I understand them a little.

So about harlequin mangas there are some general truths:
1- We have a heroine, pretty, very sympathetic, lovable, sexy... Has lots of traits almost every women would want. (almost flawless if I may say)
2- We have the hero, handsome, rich, arrogant and always-gets-what-he-wants
3-Somehow the hero and heroine meet and the hero *wants* the heroine
4-But heroine has some kind of opposition (be it a son or work..) and this fires up the hero
5-*fill in details about their growing love*
6-they marry
and the end

Almost every harlequin ends with the marriage of the main characters.

So plot-wise it's not very hard to write a harlequin. I think it's a little bit ******* the 5th part. The hardest thing should be the originality because there are many harlequins with similar plots.

And I think what makes each harlequin different is the writers ability to come up with pretty words to impress the reader.

So, should we try to write a harlequin? :D (it can also be a game you know?)
I have a plot from last night (and it's a little bit longer than normal manga length -I think if it was a manga it would took 2 volumes- and has a handsome sheikh, a handsome CEO, a nice girl, a wife, an ex-fiance and the list goes on) and if you would like we can write it here?


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PostPosted: 11 Aug 2011, 12:44 
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well lets just say that you have a gift..i feel im not that creative especially with writing a story...but i can help you with ideas,cliches,and i will definitely provide you some opinion, i encourage you to write i would love to read it and it will be a great thing once its famous!! :D
i think a manga should have a decent length so that the story does not feel rushed and we get to do some character introduction..
y dont we start polls as to whom the readers want their hero to be....
a rich business tycoon from west,or a sheik price,or a bachelor ,or married,or a father,or with some supernatural element and the heroine should be perfect in almost all the aspects but how about an extra talent like singing or dancing or painting or with some weird hobby etc

ahem who knows you may be a future writer!!


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PostPosted: 11 Aug 2011, 17:42 
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Thank you for your ideas :D I'm not sure if I can write a novel but I can always try :D

Well, first of all, I should write about my plot, then we can change and alter it however we like.

I wanted a girl who is in love with her handsome boss to be the heroine. She should be a good worker, pretty and admired by all of her collagues. The boss (handsome CEO) also likes her but not in a romantic way... She also knows this and knows she can't be his lover so she doesn't mention anything to him. But we learn she was in love with him as she says his name in her sleep etc.

Then one day a sheikh prince from an arabic country comes to america to sign a deal with the company she works at and her boss makes her in charge of the sheikh and his attendants.

I don't know what happens (as in I didn't think about it) but he fells in love with her. (she may told something good about him?) and wants to take her with him so he offers to sign the contract only if she comes with her and becomes his private secretary (or some position like that). Because the deal was so important for her boss she sacrifices herself and goes with the sheikh.

The sheikh , being single though he was considered very very handsome and could have any girl he wants, tries to seduce her. But she rejects him and this incites him more~ He gives her flowers, kisses her forcefully every night etc. (this is the fill in part- the hard part) and she slowly gets attracted to him and one day she finds herself in love with the sheikh. But at the same time she wonders why the sheikh was single and asks him. He tells her the story of his ex-fiance who had gone missing in the desert when he was 15 years old (now he is in his 30s) and how this affected him. She feels sad about that story and one day invites the sheikh to her bed (well, romance happens..), they spend several days very happy but after those days the sheikh learns that they found his ex-fiance (his ex-fiance came to visit him).

That night the sheikh doesn't come to her (the heroine's) room and she goes downstairs to see what was happening. She saw him hugging his ex-fiance and saying "I'm really glad you're here.. I really missed you" and thinks that he just toyed with her feelings, he was still in love with his ex-fiance and she leaves the palace very quickly (and the sheikh doesn't notice this because he was with his ex-fiance and went somewhere for a week).

She goes to meet her ex-boss to say that she left the sheikh, she resigned and things like that. But to her surprise she found the boss married.(Though she doesn't feel anything for him, she was still shocked :)) He married her (the heroine's) assistant. They go to a restaurant all together. When the boss's wife went to the ladies room some journalists take their photos secretly.

After that night, she goes to a friend's mansion in california. There she realizes she was pregnant.. and feels very bad, thinks how fool she was.. but still decides to raise the child as a single mom.

At the same time, when the sheikh returns to his palace and finds out she was gone, he looses his temper.. how could they let her go?! And he hires several private detectives to search for her. There he sees the photos taken with her boss and after 6 months the detectives find the mansion in california.

The sheikh being very angry with her, buys the mansion next to her, he buys every mansion surrounding her.. This takes a month for him to do... then he goes to visit her in california, to tell her that she can't go anywhere, that she is "his". There he sees her belly and assumes that the father is her ex-boss (because he knows she was in love with him). They argue, girl cries, he smashes some furniture.. and at that time because of the excitement, she goes into labor. he forgets everything and takes her to the doctor.

the baby girl looks like his father.. like the sheikh (her skin color especially). there he understands that the baby was his. apologises to the heroine.. but she was still sad because he was still in love with his ex-fiance. he tells her that, his ex-fiance got lost in the desert, some wandering tribe found and rescued her and she married a man there and has 3 kids from him. but she found out she was adopted and to find her real family she came to him. he was just helping her.. so there was no love. she cries again, she cries saying how foolish she acted and how meaningless her sorrow was. He also asks about her ex-boss, why they had those photos together and she says how his boss was married and how they were eating together..

When all the misunderstandings were cleared he proposes to her and they marry...

the end~

Okay. that's it.. please tell me if this plot is good or bad and how should we write it.. what kinds of cliches can be added?

and I think I need help... (sorry if I made some grammar or spelling mistakes, or if I couldn't express myself..)


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PostPosted: 12 Aug 2011, 19:15 
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yeah thats one good plot line you have made..i find it really interesting and josei type rather than being just shoujo-ish...since this story will be in chapters lets trying incorporate some hanging scenes and lil drama in it..

chapter 1:beauty meets the boss!!
intro for heroine on her looks..goes to an interview in the company where she dreams to work..
meets the handsome boss..gets selected..develops secret liking for boss..boss also likes this girl(as you said not romantically) later as the boss entrusts her with huge project...she works hard and becomes successful(wants to impress her boss)...so there will be a post success party about which our lead is really excited and wants to confess her love to boss...goes stunningly dressed and boss compliments and tells her he wants to tell her something(she thinks he will propose)...he then tells her that he loves someone but it is not her..it is in this party our sheik sees this lady and decides to make a deal with company!!

okay sorry ill do the other parts later..its really late here..so tell me how you like this!! :D


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PostPosted: 12 Aug 2011, 20:34 
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yey! I'm happy that you liked the plot. Also I liked how you made them meet at a party :D but there's also this problem: in which style we should write in? In our classes we learned that there are three styles one story could be told: first you can tell in from the main character's view, that would mean we can only know how the heroine felt and did at that exact moment. second is a camera's view, that means we can know only what happened, but we don't know how the characters feel. and the third one was the omnicient view, that means we can know what happened at that time, we also know what they feel and what their pasts were...

I think most harlequins are written on the main character's view...
If we choose the style I think I can start writing the first chapter :D

I first thought that on the post party the boss shouldn't confess that he was in love with someone else.. but on the second thought it would be appropriate because she gains trust of her boss so much that he can say something like that to her.

It's also late right now.. so I'm going to sleep too~
thanks a lot for replying :D


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PostPosted: 13 Aug 2011, 07:35 
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firstly i wanna apologize...generally an author is offended when her plot line is altered (i know you dont feel the same)but i want our readers to know that the real creative imaginative inspired author is you and im just helping out. :D :D

yeah i too had my doubts about boss expressing his feelings but later in the story we come to know that the arab prince is her real lover...so if she has to accept this arab guy then she has to accept him completely without the boss in her mind - like when she comes to know about the ex -fiance she feels that he is same as her who has lost his love (she knows the pain..sympathise's with him.. later they have some laughing and funny instances ...become friends ....slowly our heroine is charmed by this arab and one rainy night our leading lady and arab enjoy the rain ...feel attracted to each other and get intimate with each other

*one more thing marusan if you dont like any idea plz feel free to say it straight away ...we are here to create the best(instead of trying to make each other happy :D )

yeah its best if you get to write it from leading lady's view ..i wanna know one more thing -is there any writing style which is mixture of characters view and omnicient view? but i think that will make it complex for you ..let me know your opinion ;) ...all the best!!!!


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PostPosted: 13 Aug 2011, 12:13 
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sherlover wrote:
*one more thing marusan if you dont like any idea plz feel free to say it straight away ...we are here to create the best(instead of trying to make each other happy :D )

yeah its best if you get to write it from leading lady's view ..i wanna know one more thing -is there any writing style which is mixture of characters view and omnicient view? but i think that will make it complex for you ..let me know your opinion ;) ...all the best!!!!


Well, I will tell you the parts I don't like.. You don't know but I'm a serious critic :ugeek: and also we are right now trying our best so it will not hurt if we are both -or whoever joins us- happy too :D
I personally believe that if the basic layout is good then the result will be good or can be made good :D

And even though you can mix those styles however you wish, I'm not sure how it would be. I will write however I feel good and you can criticize me however you like.. I won't be offended 8-)


And about the relationship with boss, it's okay if she is a little bit heartbroken. At least she didn't confess and made things awkward between them. But I'm still not sure why would the sheikh want her this badly... We should find some decent reason for that. Like something she said or done while escorting them in America?

And what will be the title? I'm really bad at titles...

oh, I almost forgot... what will their names be? I'm sooo bad at naming :P


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PostPosted: 13 Aug 2011, 14:56 
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Hmm sounds really interesting :D i love reading harlequins the only thing the end always seems to be the same. near the end the heroin turns into a total push over they become to easy :cry: its like i was wrong. so was i .i love you. i love you too and here comes the happy ever after sure you need the happy ever after but the heroin makes it to easy lets take a little real life situation i know i know this has nothing to do with real live but think about it even if you like the guy would you go easy on him when hes being a total creep don´t think so.you might just let him go a round in circles ok not for long but enough for him to realize your no barbie doll :twisted: ohh man i don't think i´m describing this very well :oops:


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jeannemiki wrote:
Hmm sounds really interesting :D i love reading harlequins the only thing the end always seems to be the same. near the end the heroin turns into a total push over they become to easy :cry: its like i was wrong. so was i .i love you. i love you too and here comes the happy ever after sure you need the happy ever after but the heroin makes it to easy lets take a little real life situation i know i know this has nothing to do with real live but think about it even if you like the guy would you go easy on him when hes being a total creep don´t think so.you might just let him go a round in circles ok not for long but enough for him to realize your no barbie doll :twisted: ohh man i don't think i´m describing this very well :oops:





I also think that in most of the harlequin mangas the ending is a little bit rushed but I thought in this plot the ending and the proposal was reasonable but I would also like to hear your opinion :mrgreen: So how should we do the end? The ending should be a happy one because this is a harlequin but we can change it a little.


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PostPosted: 13 Aug 2011, 15:23 
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lets add this part in ending like the heroine asks the arab sheik to start over forgetting their pasts (she also states that if she feels unsatisfied they will go seperate ways)then hero asks her out on dates and all..shows her how much she loves..she reciprocates his feeling ..proposing..wedding

about impressing the sheik hmm hmm first he is impressed looks-wise then while escorting them he sees that this lady is really kind and humane.(nursing someone/old/young likewise)

about the title ...ill be back with it :D :D


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