Are Love and Romantic Novels Bad for Your Health?

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Are Romantic Novels Bad for your Health?

They aren’t bad for your health if you leave them on the shelf (couldn’t resist that joke).

However, in all seriousness there is a discussion going around the internet on the link between escapism and romantic love novels.

Are there any guys who read such genre? Are there any guys who will admit to reading such books? I’m going to assume the number is small (happy to be proven wrong) and address this post to women.

Is it a certain age group which delights in the escapism that romantic novels offer? I certainly indulged when I was a younger person but somehow life and time and circumstances changed and I haven’t been back there for many many years. I don’t miss it either but I can understand the role that it played in my youthful development.

What I can’t grasp is what older women find so enjoyable in this past time. I’m looking forward to being enlightened in the comments section below.

Romantic Books

Apparently the romantic novel accounts for nearly half of all novels sold in the UK. Yes, I know statistics are a dangerous thing and this stat could be blown wide open on several fronts. But, for the sake of this post, let’s assume that loads of people, women in particular, buy romantic novels.

These books romanticise love and lust and intimacy to the nth degree. They elevate relationships to highest reaches of the ether – somewhere where love only exists in the movies.

So, are these books making life difficult for women by creating unrealistic expectations? Or are they fulfilling a need which real life can’t meet? Click here to read a different view on what we read and what it says about us. Romance novels are just the tip of the iceberg.

So, now you have my thoughts. Watch the video and leave your comments below.

 

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