Another view of romance

Been looking at the idea of romance and what constitute romance or being romantic. You knew that sooner or later I’d be going to that referee of all definitions, that agreement-ender, Merriam..

The dictionary defines Romance as:
– A prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place as usual, heroic, adventurous, or mysterious;
– Something (as an extravagant story or account) that lacks basis in fact;
– To try to influence or curry favor with someone, especially by lavishing personal attention, gifts, flattery
– To entertain romantic thoughts or ideas;

Romantic is defined as:
– Marked by expressions of love or affection;
– Impractical in conception or plan;
– Having no basis in fact;
– Consisting of or resembling a romance;
Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition, © 1996.

Jumping ahead a century or so I found the following definition on Wikipedia:
Romance or romantic may refer to:
Romance languages, a family of languages originating in south-western Europe.
Romance (genre), a genre of medieval and renaissance narrative fiction
Romance (music), a type of ballad or lyrical song
Romance (meter), a metric pattern found particularly in Spanish-language poetry
Romanticism, an artistic and intellectual movement in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, including
Romantic music
Romantic poetry
Romance film, a genre of film of which the central plot focuses on the romantic relationships of the protagonists
Romance novel, a genre of fiction focused on romantic love
Romance (love), love emphasizing emotion over libido.

I really like that last one: emphasizing emotion over libido. It is a foundational truth. Being romantic is not se*x. In fact s*ex is not the goal of romance or being romantic. And guys, if that’s the reason you’re reading this blog, wondering how to get her on her back then you’ll be disappointed.

What’s your idea of romance? Welcome your ideas and experiences.

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