Looking Past Happily Ever After
Does anyone else ever get frustrated with how the fairy tales end?
And they lived happily ever after …
Close the book. Dim the movie screen as the music fades.
Isn’t it romantic?
Well, yes. It’s romantic. But is it reality?
Sometimes the realist in me wants to add another chapter to the book, one detailing life a few months down the happily ever after road. You know–when Cinderella is tired of Prince Charming’s morning breath. Or when Prince Charming discovers Cinderella colors her hair. And talks to mice.
Does romance only last for the brief moments between the “I now pronounce you man and wife” kiss and the declaration of “They lived happily ever after?”
Or is there some way to see the beauty when you marry romance and reality? Is there some way to fall in love and stay in love … come what may? And is this kind “reality romance” the stuff novels are made of? The kind of stories readers want to read? Or do we want stories that scrape away the harshness, the struggles that come after the “I dos,” allowing us to focus only on the untarnished hope of tomorrow?
In Your Words: Romance or reality? What are you looking for when you pick up a romance novel? (What about if you’re writing a romance?) And does it have to be an either/or proposition? Will you read a romance with a dash of reality?
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