We understand the answer to this question is subjective, of course. Everyone is going to have their own opinion on the matter. With that said, a good BWWM interracial romance book needs to have – at least – the elements that are needed for any good novel. Additionally, it needs to have just the right amount of seasoning to truly make it BWWM. And that’s where a lot of authors go wrong.
There’s nothing worse than reading a BWWM book and having the main characters be stereotypical cardboard cut-outs. As a reader, we want more from our interracial romance stories. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of what we think it takes to make a great BWWM romance novel. If you agree or disagree, leave a comment below and let us know!
Qualities of a Great BWWM Interracial Romance Novel
We’re going to split this up into what we think ALL good romance novels should include and then move into the specifics of the BWWM interracial romance sub-genre.
Here’s a list of what it takes to make a great novel in any genre.
- Good Characters – First and foremost, a good novel is going to have characters we can care about. While we might not agree with their decisions all the time, they’re not total idiots making dumb-ass decisions just to move the book forward. We want someone we can identify with on at least one level.
- Some Type of Plot – It doesn’t even have to be a good plot sometimes, but we need something! Seriously, we see so many so-called BWWM stories out there that have absolutely no plot other than a man and woman fighting like they’re in high school or something. Leave a comment if you agree!
- Good Grammar – Yes, mistakes happen, but authors should have more pride in their work! With so many BWWM books available with atrocious grammar, it’s hard to find the good ones. And that’s one of the main reasons we started this website – to shine a light on the gems.
- Decent Length – Short stories are fine, but they’re really hard to pull off successfully. The good ones make you feel “full” after reading them while the poor ones make you upset. Sometimes it’s the opposite and the story was SO GOOD, you wish it would continue in a novel or series. Each BWWM tale should be long enough to tell the story. What do you think?
Other qualities matter, of course, but the above basics provide a really solid foundation for a good book in any genre. Next up…
The BWWM Seasoning!
Now let’s take a look at what it takes to get the BWWM sub-genre just right
- Balance – As mentioned earlier, there’s nothing worse than a writer trying to make their character “sound black.” WTH does that even mean, you know? At the same time, in a good BWWM novel, you shouldn’t be able to just substitute any old woman into the heroine’s role, you know? It’s all about balance. So many authors get this all wrong when it comes to BWWM romance novels. Black women can be smart, educated, sexy, and funny too! Amirite, ladies?
- Tension – We all read interracial romance novels because we love the tension, the build-up over scenes toward a satisfying payoff in the end. Too many BWWM books these days just totally skip over the tension and the have their characters hopping into bed a few minutes after they meet! Aaargh! Right? In interracial romance fiction, the tension doesn’t always have to center on the fact the couple is biracial, but it helps to include it at least a little most of the time.
Your All-Time Favorite Multicultural BWWM Romance?
Now that we got you thinking, what’s your favorite BWWM romance novel of all time? Leave a comment below and let us know! We love to hear from fellow readers, so don’t be afraid to become part of our growing community of IR fans.