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Conceived and written by Charlotte Bronte, this tale of love and sacrifice is tragic and inspiring. It narrates the tale of two friendless people who find solace in each other. Jane Eyre is an orphan who enters the life of the rich and the gruff Edward Rochester as his…
Perhaps there is no stronger force in the world than love. The attraction between two individuals can be indestructible and overwhelming. Intense emotions can paint a rosy picture and turn the town red. However, it can also be a prelude to disastrous endings a…
What is it that comes to your mind when you think of love stories? Perhaps it is the father of love himself, Eric Segal quoting “Love means never having to say sorry” in his most unconventional and unforgettable tale of love, Love Story. You cheer for the haughty…
Think back on all the romance novels you’ve read or all the romantic movies you’ve watched and you’ll find they all have certain elements in common.
Whether they’ve just been introduced or they’ve known each other all their lives the leads in the romance story are generally distinctly opposite personality types. He’s a cowboy and she’s a city girl. She’s the owner of a Fortune 500 company and he runs a hot dog stand on the corner. He loves dogs, she’s a cat person.
In the case of some of the classics we have Romeo and Juliet who come from warring families and we have Tony and Maria, from opposing gangs.
There’s Always A Conflict
Which brings us to the next common ingredient – a conflict. All good stories about love have some kind of conflict. There’s something that keeps the lovers apart. Richard Gere’s character in Pretty Woman had an aversion to commitment. In ‘Ghost’ the were separated byt death.
In order for a love story to be truly romantic there has to be some seeminly insurmountable obstacle standing in the path of true love.
A Little Bit Of Fairy Dust
If you think about it, which most people never do, there’s no way a romance novel could ever become reality. Just put yourself in the place of one of the characters and imagine yourself being attracted to the other.
Would you, as the owner of a multi-billion dollar corporation seriously hire a gum-cracking hooker, buy her a complete wardrobe and shower her with jewels, just so you could look like you’re in a relationship? Of course not. And you’d certainly never get close enough to her to ask her to marry you.
But one of the key ingredients that all stories of love have in common is a little bit of fairy dust that makes each person blind to the flaws of the other. That same fairy dust makes it possible for you to kiss a ghost or make it to the top of the Empire State Building just in the nick of time.
It’s the combination of all three ingredients that make stories about love so memorable. In real life we always have the conflict and sometimes that insurmountable obstacle just can’t be overcome. But every now and then, we all get a little sprinkling of fairy dust. Just enough to keep us believing in fairy tales.