****BOOK IN PROGRESS: PRECEDING CHAPTERS MAY BE ADDRESSED BUT WILL NOT BE COVERED****
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.