I’ve long since believed that the idea of what is romantic is subjective. I mean, if you google the top 100 most romantic movies, you’ll get all sorts of things. And while I may agree with 30% of them, there’s about 70% that have me bewildered. Adultery is not romantic, I think movies that don’t end in Happily Ever After are depressing, lust doesn’t last, and I don’t care for some kind of post-modern concept of romance where the couple is not quite together but together.
But, I love romance. I always have. So here is the basic recipe I think a book (or movie) needs to be really romantic:
-the hero and heroine know each other; the good, the bad, and the ugly, and because of that, they love each other
-no deception, no playing games
-respect; for each other and whatever positions they may hold
-the willingness and ability to sacrifice for the other; or just plain putting the other first.
So, here’s my list, what’s yours?
Is there anything you would add or change?