A reader’s perspective on romance
Well it’s almost Valentine’s Day and that is kind of a lot of pressure! I mean what is the expectation here? Be as good as last year, just maintain, admit that I am out of ideas and grovel? What to do? What to do? So doing a whole reflecting thing on where were you last year at this time is common for the New Year, and since it is still the first month of the New Year, what did you do last year for Valentine’s Day? Is it bad that I can’t remember what we did? Does it count if Kim can’t remember either? Or is that just showing our age?
The lesfic genre is filled with romances but does romance only exist in that early honeymoon stage? With relationship maturity is it no longer possible to be romantic? And what exactly is romance?
I remember watching “classic” movies when I was in high school because I thought they were more romantic than the films in the theater during that time frame. The one scene in The Sound of Music when Christopher Plumber’s character walks out onto the terrace to see Julie Andrews teaching the children to waltz. The way he looks when he tugs on his gloves and the way he approaches her- for me that was pretty gosh darn romantic! OR…how about in Imagine Me & You where Lena Headey’s character reaches around Piper Perabo’s character to show her how to yell? The look that is captured on Piper’s face as she holds onto Lena’s hands across her stomach- for me that screamed romantic. Is that captured in our stories?
I would have to go with YES! How about Jae’s Something in the Wine the way Drew and Annie have a sweet build-up, for me, was super romantic! I like that there was a courtship between the two of them as they let Jake’s practical joke play out. I would say more, but I don’t want to spoil the romance of the story. It’s just there! (there is also a chance to hear Jae speak in her super cool German accent when she does a Voices of Lesbian Literature segment here!)
How about the moment when Elena comes knocking on Avery’s door, looking all casual and as if she just got off the couch to ask Avery if she was really the on-line woman from the dating site with whom she had been chatting? That moment, in Georgia Beers’ Starting From Scratch had me! That moment was so normal and so romantic at the same time. That energy, that excitement that the one person who you wanted it to be is actually the person you get. Again, not going to say more because don’t want to spoil the romance for the next person but you should really read it.
A whole romantic conversation takes place while two characters are swimming in Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon. Swimming! How do you have a conversation and swim at the same time, but for me the swimming conversations between Justice Victoria Willoughby and Genevieve Fornier are incredibly romantic without even using words. (you can check out a recent blog on Women and Words by Blythe here)
What is your definition of romance? Better yet, what are some lesfic examples of romance that have touched your Valentine’s inspired heart? I’m missing my books which are now all packed up in preparation for the El Nino flooding scheduled by the weather people somewhere between February and April, so I know I am missing some excellent examples of romance. Help me out and give me your favorites!