Have you ever noticed that the “R” word has a bit of a reputation? You know the one, where the romance genre is pooh-poohed and scoffed at and labeled fluff and drivel, while we readers are sniffed at for rotting our brains on a spun-sugar plot as simple as two people meeting and making a connection and falling for each other in a way that can’t be explained by science, or religion, or voodoo magick…
There is, however, a chemistry to love. The brain releases dopamine, contributing to the feelings of euphoria that come along with those early days of a new romance. Our hearts race. We get weak in the knees. We break out in goose bumps. We smile more. We laugh more. We may even cry more. We focus on the shiny beautiful things and ignore all the stress life has to throw our way because we’re so busy falling in love.
Funny thing, isn’t it then, that we feel all those same things when we read about two people falling in love in a book—two people who’ve never existed anywhere but in a writer’s imagination…until that author puts words to page and makes those two people real to us? We experience empathy when love goes wrong, and a secondhand elation in the romantic notion that there’s love enough in this world to give us hope that it will always win.
When we read a well-written romance, our hearts race, we get weak in the knees, we break out in goose bumps, we smile, we laugh, we cry… and we escape all the other stress life has to throw our way while we’re busy reading and falling in love with a story and its characters.
And the most beautiful part of our love of romance is that there’s always the next great couple there and waiting for us to embrace them–whether they be two men, two women, and man and a woman, or, come to think of it, any and all of the variations thereof that we meet along the way in our books.
Because love, after all, is love. And the love of a good book is a love that keeps on giving. 🙂
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