Love – feeling that can be experienced by looking at two beavers holding paws while sleeping. Looking at Great Dane trying to jump on its master’s lap and hide there. Kiss on first date – knowing you want to kiss this person again. There are many ways to describe love and I leave it to professionals to do so.
Greatest love stories of all times come from legends such as Bronte, Shakespeare, Austin or E. L. James. The question is “How do you know it’s a great love story?”
Honestly speaking I have read Wuthering Heights – google greatest love stories and according to few lists it is on number one list – I did not like this story. While reading Romeo and Juliet, I do agree that it is a cool story, but not great – yet if to consider that it was one of the first of its kind, it was a great draft for a start.
I personally love Jane Eyre. Something about this Victorian novel that captures me. I am not saying that it should be everyone’s preference, but it is my experience and desires that drive a need for this kind of romance. Then again as person grows and changes, experiences change too and preference for romance change too.
I like romance novels, I love feeling the excitement of love that is impossible to be felt in real world. The perfection of the moments that my clumsy self would not even nurture of doing. Professional writers are there for us to keep experience the illusion of love, experience which honestly speaking is one of most hurtful. This is why I constantly seek stories that might give me the next fix of this drug.
So what are the novels that give us the high? Not long ago it was Twilight, the dangerous kind of love of taboo – talking about necrophilia. Vampire stories are not new to the literature world, but it is Dracula and Interview with the Vampire – these stories made vampires into slick and sexy creatures that are dangerous and with a simple flick of jaw can kill the heroine. I guess it is brining on new era that people wanted a new type of vampire, type that is very different from what we have seen before, but lovable non-the-less. This is how sparkling skin comes by, women love diamonds as much as they love sex, men and money… and vampires. To be completely honest: I did like the series when they first came out, before the movie and a complete pussification of a male lead. So Twilight is out, for me at least.
After doing the dead and brining all of the teenage panties down, there is a need for an old fashioned love drama. Thus is how the stage was taken by Fifty Shades of Grey, Thoughtless and Crossfire novels
-Fifty Shades of Grey – took all of the screaming. I know for a fact that it not a first novel to be written on subject of dominance and sex. I think all of the fuss was on the matter of it being a Best Seller. “How could such vile book reach the front of the stands?!” Well it did and rightfully so. Unlike most trashy $5 novels hiding in the back shelves, it is a well written book. It is not about scenes being wrote out or how sexual they are (they are great thou!), it is a style of writing that is very professional. Gives a sense of reading a classical novel. Other reason for this book to get this much fuss, is that it is not only about sex. By reading one book and getting offended – masses got into protests against the work of fiction. I would say that this book made me cry, laugh and wonder. There were obvious hints on the matter of psychological health of Christian Grey, but it is in the next two books that writer explores the nature of it. First book is not an answer to why so many love it.
-Thoughtless – ah the cheating girlfriend book. I would put it in the Twilight category, I see it as a teenage love story, of cheating girl – with which we have to sympathize. Like the Twilight heroine has to suffer for everyone to come together and realize the mistakes. I think it is just me who could not feel sorry for a girl that had a hot boyfriend and she could not wait for her man to return. There are better stories of love and cheating, for which I do not have to get a barfing bucket for.
-Ah and finally Crossfire novels – I read a first book, and honestly loved it. It was similar to idea of Fifty Shades; rick man, submission, psychological health and sex. This time it is heroine that has a past of abuse, and it is still up to a man to bring her to her knees, while give her freedom from a choice. I think it is directed towards most people not only sexually. Control is a good thing, but difficult to maintain. To some control comes as a natural, others would rather be controlled. I think this is why the new love stories are about struggle for the control.
After all of the Victorian novel being rewritten with the monsters, it is now that all of the romance is going towards the control and money. Love story with a poor ending, not very arousing – or I have not read one that is, yet.
What is your fix?