Monday, June 22, 2009

The nature of romance

I recently started using a new definition of "romance' (as in, genre romance). A few people seem to think it is a pretty good definition so I had better credit who I stole it from.

Jade Lee, at the Historical Novel Society convention said, to the best of my memory (I don't promise this is word-for-word): "I adore a love story and how love makes them better people ... you show how his love makes her better and the reverse."

Typically romance's key features are seen as a focus on a love story, and a 'happily ever after'. But I think this is just as importance, romance stories are about how love can help us to become better people.

1 comment:

kirsten saell said...

Like that line in As Good as it Gets, when Helen Hunt is so pissed at Jack Nicholson she demands he give her a compliment: "You make me want to be a better man."

That one line is almost enough to make me overlook Jack's physical...well, you know...