DMAW:C12

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Just realized I read the wrong book for today  but whatever.. This essay covered what is referred to as “dark romance”. Darker fare is (understandably) a more gritty and emotionally tense rendition of the more common romantic saga. The hero, as usual, is a beast only to be tamed by the heroines redemptive love (see: Belle) – but these would be tales pertaining to alcoholism, incest, ect and so on..

The author (Mary Jo Putney) essentially states her case that romantic lit is not all fantastical and “light”… highlighting the realism – discussed in the previous post – that would ensure a grounded reader is complicit in the move to ‘escape’ from said reality. Interesting points are made along the way: the ability of location (as in time/era) to buffer against extreme brutality, the existence of wounded heroes (as opposed to the standard “unmovable man”), and even the tragically flawed heroine (which is humorously rare) ..but not too much in the way of new information..

The confirmation is clear however: it is the transcendent quality of an all too unobtainable redemption that draws us in.. the emotionally charged dynamic of the hero and his(?) redeemer ..is what makes us stay.

– sah

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DMAW:C11

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In all other forms of literature ‘love’ is simply a minor note. According to the author (Elizabeth Lowell) there is a driving faith in love that is particular to the reader of the romance novel. Just about everything else (emotional tension, action, strong males, ect) exists in other genres, but this resilient brand of what we commonly call “love” does not, and the conflict between what we know and what we long for – keeps us glued to our relative grounds..

Much like the revelation of the previous chapter (we escape our realities in a feverish search of what can only exist beyond them), the point is made here that there is always an explicit.. guaranteed promise that love WILL conquer in the end – and our hero and heroine will definitely be together. Romances are built upon our assurance that “real” love is destined to come undone. How many real life examples do we need? We who fantasize hold out on faith that in spite of this, the journey will still deliver a rich taste of promise – almost as rich as the fruit itself were we to ever reach it (..and, of course, in such novels, we’re promised we will..). But this promise must bear the flavor of a very familiar reality – that things will always fall apart (and this time should be no different – should but wont)..

Essentially without doubts, our faith counts for nothing. #whoknew?

– sah

Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women – Chapter 10 (DMAW:C10)

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Seductive elegance. what is the lure of the darkened alley? ..the author of this short essay (anne stuart) begs the question in relation to her attraction to vampires.. she spoke a few interesting quotes that struck me immediately as i read them:

“..I need something beyond comfort and safety in my fantasy world. In real life I’m sensible enough to search for just those pragmatic things. A life of delight and despair is, in reality, too exhausting. But in fantasy, I want it all..” 

& “..the threat of death at the hands of love is the most potent fantasy of all. Only if you’re prepared to risk everything can you gain everything. And only in fantasy can women have it all..”

one supposes for many, women especially(?), the magic of fantasy is precisely that tangible sense of that which we (knowingly) may never live to see. for the puritan: the remorse of a Faustian pact, perfectly balanced with the anointing that would call even Lucifer home (AND the pious pride/glory therein)..

I find that delicate balance intriguing. Perhaps romance is intrinsically nestled between the sacred and the profane. deep within the friction. Give me a demon I can unwillingly serve until beheading…but only after he bows in honor of my prudence,  a trembling mass that could crush me in an instant.

– sah