Valentine's Day - when wrong is right

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Bring on those twisted romantic scenarios, Avril Tremayne says. Even on Valentine’s Day!

Today is Valentine’s Day – the most romantic day of the year, tailor-made for weaving wonderful tales of love.

Think of all those women opening romantic cards from their menfolk (or better yet, secret admirers); being whisked off to fancy restaurants to order lobster and champagne; taking delivery of dozens of long-stemmed roses; saying ‘yes’ to proposals of marriage . . .

Yeah . . . no.

That’s a little too much perfection. At least it is if I’m wearing my writer’s hat. I view books where everything and everyone is perfect the same way I view Facebook posts of perfect lives. I want to ‘unfriend’ those people pronto – partly for reasons associated with my need for a little Schadenfreude (hey, I’m not a saint) and partly out of boredom.

Which is why, when I was asked recently what ingredient made the perfect Valentine’s Day romantic story, I said: something going wrong.

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