Contemporary Romance Authors Are In Demand


Summary

You may be among those who profess to despise the work of contemporary romance authors. If you read one on the sly now and then, you needn’t be ashamed. Millions of others are reading these novels, although most of them do it openly. The demand for this kind of escapist reading doesn’t seem to decline.


You may be among those who profess to despise the work of contemporary romance authors. If you read one on the sly now and then, you needn’t be ashamed. Millions of others are reading these novels, although most of them do it openly. The demand for this kind of escapist reading doesn’t seem to decline.

There is nothing new about this taste for ‘boy meets girl’ stories. From the first, dramatic novels of exotic places, abduction, seduction, and eternal love have been despised and devoured. Once called ‘bodice-rippers’ and now condemned as soft porn, these books are the stuff that fantasies and movies are made of. ‘Chick flicks’ are as successful as the books they are based on.

Of course, this is the theme that animates Romeo and Juliet. Adam’s rhapsody on first encountering Eve is the first utterance of a man is helpless before the wonder that is woman. On a more recent note, the blockbuster vampire books and movies are the same-old same-old with a new, clever twist.

It isn’t essentially myth and fiction, of course. History tells us that men have desired women above fortune and reason throughout the centuries. Think of the magnificent and terrifying King Henry VII, who fell for girl after girl and never flinched from murder, law-breaking, excommunication, or immorality.

Speaking of kings, remember the fall of Troy when Helen was the prize. King David went blindly ahead in his desire to possess Bathsheba, and he of all people should have known better. His son Solomon was the wisest man on earth and look what the ladies did for him – or did him for. Sampson and Delilah give us another example from the Bible, and the builder of the Taj Mahal one from history.

There is nothing wrong with the writing, either. Many books are churned out with little imagination and less plot development, but then others have so much appeal that they top the New York Times Best Selling List, and fans eagerly await the next book from their favorite author. Many a light and entertaining read was written by a scholar who sacrificed nothing of his or her classical education when bringing imaginary heroines and heroes together.

How many of the characters of romantic tales populate our collective memories? Lorna Doone, Kathy and Heathcliff, Jane Eyre, Tarzan and Jane all are – or should be – household names. Who knows which of the current writers will join this illustrious list of inspired fiction stars?

It is amazing what originality contemporary romance authors can bring to the age-old story that has been told over and over. Perhaps the perennial fascination with new twists on the theme stems from the fact that most readers have had their own love story, although it might not have been published for the entertainment of others.

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