I learned a new slang term this week: trash. As in, “I am Reylo trash,” a crazy fan. I would be, except….
Well, there is no Reylo. At least, not yet, there isn’t.
“Reylo” is the couple name for Rey and Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’ve been seeing fan art all over Pinterest with romantic images of the two, so I was really looking forward to see a “thing” between wielders of the Dark and Light sides of the Force.
But…there was no “thing.” Some interest on Kylo Ren’s side, and antagonism on Rey’s, and good sexual tension, but that was it.
The dark + light trope is one of my favorite romantic themes. And I have to admit, dark heroes, antiheroes and villains really appeal to me. I have a special soft spot for dark lords. They often manage to find their way into my own books. Blackthorne is a former dark lord. Jen in Shadowbound is an up-and-coming dark lord (or lady, in this case). Hadis, in Springtime in Hades, is a reluctant dark lord.
Okay, I don’t like Sauron, the original dark lord. He’s just a faceless force of evil. Same with Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine). Ick. No layers at all, nothing interesting. Darth Vader, on the other hand, at least had the cool factor going for him.
A good dark lord, besides the oozing the requisite power, has to have a few chinks in his evil black armor. There has to be a human being underneath all that villainy. He can’t be bad just for the sake of being bad. He has to have reasons for being bad, and there has to be a glimpse, however small, of something better.
Kylo Ren makes an appealing dark lord-in-training. He’s not totally evil yet, although he’s doing his damndest to extinguish his better qualities. But the struggle torments him.
The Force Awakens leaves enough loose ends dangling that things between Kylo Ren and Rey could go in all sorts of directions. Will there be a romance after all? A reluctant alliance for the greater good? A tug-of-war, where Kylo Ren tries to seduce Rey to the Dark Side while she tries to bring him to the Light? Then again, it could be nothing but old-fashioned antagonism. Snore.
But since I’m a writer, I can make up my own story to satisfy my bad guy + good girl cravings. I’m working on it now. Once I get it figured out, maybe it’ll appear in an upcoming book.