Bonnie Dee

The Essence of Romance

This morning I was thinking about what common theme is contained in all romance novels of any sub genre. What I came up with is longing and frustration of that longing. The protagonists desire someone seemingly outside their grasp and spend most of the book fighting desire. Sometimes there are external forces keeping the lovers apart, but I believe the most gut wrenching novels are ones in which the protagonist(s) are basically punishing themselves by denying what they crave. Isn’t it so satisfying to see the steps of their journey as they falter their way to a happy ending?

I believe romance is such a popular genre because everyone has experienced a longing for something (or someone) that seems impossible to achieve. Maybe a high school crush that never came to fruition. Maybe something more current. But the sheer need which must be denied for whatever reason is  such a basic, primitive thing. Hang any plot around it you want, reaching for something just beyond reach is the crux of romance. IMO.



4 comments to “The Essence of Romance”

  1. Red Thwaytes
      · April 6th, 2015 at 7:39 pm · Link

    I’ll say that a key ingredient in a romance is the internal struggle of attraction. BUT, I want it all! Plot twists, original antagonist, supporting characters that are more than convenient. You’ll notice I didn’t say love. I’m done with just lust and I gladly accept happy for now.

    • Bonnie Dee
        · April 7th, 2015 at 11:12 am · Link

      Good shopping list. All those things are important in a well told story.

  2. Red Thwaytes
      · April 8th, 2015 at 12:52 am · Link

    That should say, “I’m DOWN with lust…”

    • Bonnie Dee
        · April 8th, 2015 at 1:28 pm · Link

      I decoded that and figured it’s what you meant.

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