Romance novels are immensely popular among women these days. Most women from all ages and walks of society, from young girls to housewives to old women, are fond of romance fiction. Why, what’s better than an interesting set of characters, a good plot, and an occasional steamy love scene with a cup of coffee in hand?
Now, the question arises as to why women love romance fiction? Is it because they’ve got nothing better to do or is it an alternative to their cable TV’s? Why does Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, Noah from The Notebook and Oliver from Love story make them go weak in the knees and desire a similar male?
The answer to this question lies with the feminine psyche. Deep down, every woman wants to be loved and protected by a strong man. They long for that one real relationship which completes their life. But in this era where make-ups and break-ups happen frequently, or I’d rather put it as “regularly,” and husbands cannot spare time for their wives due to career and familial obligations, romance novels are the last resort for women.
Romance novels transport women to a magical world where love and passion abound, the characters play out the dreams and fantasies resonated with their very own, giving them the delight and satisfaction which might be missing from their lives. The reader vicariously lives through the character, falls in love with the hero, explores exotic locations and ultimately achieves that “Happily-Ever-After” goal. A roller-coaster ride of thrill, rush and adventure for just a small sum of money… Not bad, eh?
So, all you lovely ladies out there who are waiting to be swept off their feet, do explore the work of Harlequin, Jane Austen, Erich Segal, Johanna Lindsay, Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steele and the likes. For those who prefer Indian Fiction should go for Durjoy Datta, Nikita Singh, Preeti Shenoy and Ravinder Singh.