Romantic novels offer readers a vision of possibilities. They remind us that love, heartbreak and happiness are all a natural part of life. Not all novels related to romance are about the girl getting the guy and vice versa. Romance novels like Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus doesn’t depict a story of two star crossed lovers. Rather, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus provides readers both male and female with understanding of why the genders are so different and yet so symmetrical. For those of us that could use relationship advice or guidance in the romantic world resources like Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus can be a great place to start.
Furthermore, not all romantic novels set unattainable expectations for love, there are many other novels and series that share love in a more realistic sense. Love is not just the feeling one has towards a significant other, love is family, love is life and love is growing. While a majority of romantic novels are feel good stories were two individuals find a mutual love for one another, not all endings are predictable. More recent authors are changing the way people feel about romance and aren’t scared to put in a not so happy ending as it holds truth. Take for instance films like The Notebook, The Fault in Our Stars, P.S. I Love You and Sense and Sensibility; these films all share a theme of romance as well as congruent origins all being novels. These novels all share the twisting plots of likeness, lust, and love and in particular The Fault in Our Stars goes further to embark on the Romeo and Juliet principal as one of the star crossed lovers meets their inevitable end. Thereby, in a way romance novels are not always black and white, suspense can overcome the reader as new characters come into play or when feelings and emotions aren’t shared within the plot.
A majority of young girls dream of the day they will find their “Prince Charming”, their stitch to their Lelo, an awakening from their eternal slumber and a happily ever after; in a sense a majority of Disney films create the romantic persona that most people aspire to in life and in literature, we’re all just searching for that happy ending. We may not all have love stories like the Lady and the Tramp but reading about them in novels is a way those dreams can be lived, just like an adventure or Sci-Fi novel is an escape from our everyday reality. So this Valentine’s Day keep those you love most close to you and remember that “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1Corinthians 13:4-8), and romantic literature is just a celebration of God’s gift of love. Happy Valentine’s Day Concordia!