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Top Reasons For The Popularity Of Romantic Love Stories

By Sharlene Fleming

One can think of several reasons that romantic love stories are and will always be so popular. This is a piece of writing attempting to unpack some of these reasons and explore what effect they have on people reading or watching them. From the oldest of centuries, romance has been part of our lives, intriguing audiences. Through different mediums, it remains captivating and powerful.

First to mind and possibly the most sensible reason would be our very human nature. Human beings are naturally drawn to each other, males to females and vice versa. Everyone is seeking companionship and long lasting love. Without this burning desire for human connection we would not be who we are, but robots.

No doubt romantic love stories make for great entertainment. They have all the ingredients for riveting viewing or even reading. From intricate plot lines to drama, mayhem, deception and humor, they weave their way into our lives and hearts. Some of the greatest entertainment hits have been romantic love stories.

Going back to the days of Shakespeare, romance has always been intertwined in our daily lives. The forbidden love of Romeo and Juliet won many hearts. The Georgian stories of young ladies seeking fitting gentlemen amidst societal obstacles in the novels written by Jane Austen did the same. Even poetry from the Romantics time period explored the genre in all its forms. Images of rolling hills, fair maidens and dashing gents stole our minds and planted seeds of desire.

These days the genre still exists but in more modern types of media. The plots are becoming more bold, and script writer and performers have years of content to draw on and better. The essence of it, however, remains the same. In modern times the best movies are either romantic comedies or dramas about struggling and tested relationships. It remains a significant ingredient in all other media platforms.

One has only to look at the numerous that have been made and are still being made on a regular basis. Shakespeare’s classics have become modern tales set in contemporary society with new age language and sold millions at the box office. No amount of changing the plots or props will take away from the value of this type of content. A truly great love story will always enthrall any audience.

It all comes down to fantasy. In a story of this nature, the reader or the viewer gets to live out his or her own fantasies through the lives of others without actually going through the heart ache or disappointment felt by the characters. We all want to feel wanted, loved, desired and experience the chase and adrenalin that goes along with it. This way we can and still return to our own lives.

Books will retain the tales of young beauties and fairytales, while dark tainted love is unleashed on stage. Modern movies and novels tell romantic love stories and audiences never tire. Hearts will continue to beat in our chests and humans will continue to feel, think and reach out for deeper connection. As long as there is this insatiable need for this four lettered word, no matter how many times it is altered on the surface, the core of the genre will stay the same.

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