…Or No Love?

Can you think of a story or novel that is written for anyone over 12 that has no romantic element in it at all? Or a movie without a romantic plotline, whether major or minor? I can think of a very, very few. How strong an impulse in our species must love/romance/reproduction be, that we must put it in every single piece of fiction we produce?

Symbolized by a kiss, the happy resolution of the romantic plotline is deeply satisfying. In most of those movies and stories, there is a happy resolution, too. Rarely do we accept a romantic plotline that doesn’t end up with someone loving someone.

I also notice that it’s hardly ever realistic. What it takes to build a real relationship is hardly ever what they start with or finish with in the fiction. Look at songs, too. The overwhelming majority of what you hear on the radio is about love, good bad or indifferent. Very little of it’s realistic.

I wonder if one could get away with writing a story about good, solid romantic relationships that *were* realistic.

I wouldn’t be writing what I know, that’s for sure.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. snufft
    Nov 23, 2008 @ 12:55:30

    Joseph Campbell’s theory says that there are only seven stories that can possibly be told, right back to ancient mythology….

    I think there are some stories that don’t necessary stick to romantic plotlines but I agree with you there are very few.

    Try The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, there’s no kiss at the end, or tendency toward romance but it does portray a solid realistic relationship/interaction between the characters that will leave you with chills..

    Or maybe a mills and boon? haha..

  2. asherose
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 10:44:09

    A lot of people have theories about how there are only three, or five, or seven, or twenty-one actual stories. Many of these folk say that Shakespeare wrote them all.

    However, just as ideas can’t be copyrighted, only their execution, I think the stories that can be told must remain free, for us to tell them. If there are only a few, there are a nearly infinite number of executions, each one unique to its teller. Leaves on the story tree.

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