The other day over at Murder She Writes S.J. Day blogged about "Black Moments". Black Moments are the moment when you're positive that there is absolutely nothing that will get the H/H together. There is no will and there is no way. At least that's what I gathered from the post. Many people had many comments on this topic and quite frankly I was left a little confused. If this sounds at all sarcastic I don't mean it to, I'm genuinely concerned for the future of my book.
After reading this post I began racking my brain. Black moments, black moments. I started thinking about all of my favorite books, Bet Me, The List, The Horse Whisperer, Anges & the Hitman. . . black moments, black moments. It was driving me crazy. I don't know if I can find the "black moments" in these books. It's my understanding that it's not a "black moment" if the characters just need to get their sh*t together and talk it out. If it's a problem that can be talked out, it doesn't count.
*** SPOILER ALERT for above mentioned books ***
So let's talk it out. *giggle* In The Horse Whisperer Tom Booker dies, unlike in the damn movie, but we're not discussing that today, so there's no way in hell the H/H are getting together in the end of this story. In The List Abby is pretty sure Jack is trying to kill her and once he explains that it wasn't him, it was "the other guy" and "the other guy" proves him right the H/H are together. You have your HEA. In Bet Me once Cal & Min are both able to get past their own insecurities they're together. HEA baby. I don't think there is a moment like that in Anges & the Hitman. Shane kills all the people trying to kill Anges, discovers his own identity and that's kinda it. HEA.
Do you think these are "black moments"? Does it make them bad books if they're not? Please please blog readers I want and need to know what you think. Am I defining "black moment" incorrectly? HELP ME!