Love, sex, desire, want, need, crave, hunger, happiness, lightness…there are so many words, so many different meanings but in many cases they are related to some degree. Okay, I’ll just come out with it… my household is a watcher of soap operas–not just any soap operas, but specifically novelas, mostly the Mexican variety of mini-soap operas we can find on Univision or Telemundo. I have to admit that even though I may catch an episode or two here and there, I never really get our thirst for these shows.
What is it? Is it the great looking actors or the somewhat predictable storylines? My mother-in-law would be a millionaire if she received a dollar for every time she accurately predicted what would happen next. Even as I write this blog, I find my eyes drifting up every so often to see a couple tear-streaked faces and a deep embrace–not to mention the music, the music to these novelas is great. It kills me that I get so sucked in but honestly, romance novels at times aren’t any different. And if I ask my self what appeals so much about them, I have a lot to say.
I love looking forward to that first kiss, to the romance itself, even the sex at times if written well and set up in a way that pulls us in. Lastly, I can’t wait to see how it will all work out with the happy ending.
So are these romance novels and novellas really that similar? I guess in the way they are and they aren’t. I definitely feel that novels have a bit more opportunity to add depth but the surface love, sex and passion can definitely be felt in both. And as long as we as a species continue to search for these, all forms be it TV soap operas, movies, novels, whatever it may be, will thrive.
Happy writing this week!