Every book has one. The moment when you’re reading and the words slip out of your mouth because it’s too restricting to contain. You shake your head and say, “What an idiot!”
The character has hit the point of sheer dumbness. It happens in every book. It can be the hero, heroine or even both. Sometimes you can see it coming from a mile way, but other times it takes you so much by surprise that along with uttering the words, you smack yourself on the forehead.
It’s the nature of the romance beast. Someone has got to do something so ridiculously stupid that you call them an idiot. If this moment wasn’t present we’d think the characters were perfect and wouldn’t be able to identify with them. In life we do idiotic things all of the time because we’re human. We learn and grow from these experiences, just like the characters in the novel.
Even as a writer, while a character’s stupid action is flowing onto the keyboard, we want to stop them and sometimes we try, but such scenes are so fascinating and dramatic to write that we can’t stop until we’ve finished the scene with a headshake and a murmured, “I can’t believe she did that. Idiot.” As if we weren’t the one to write it in the first place.
Do you think idiot moments are necessary in a novel?
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs by Jimmy Fallon - Idiot Boyfriend.