Thursday, February 26, 2015

Types of Romance

I don't know what you guys picture when someone says "romance," but typically people think of a dozen red roses, expensive champagne served in expensive champagne flutes at an expensive, dimly-lit restaurant by a maitre'd in a tuxedo, rose petals on a bed, expensive and shiny jewelry, and chocolate.

Oh yeah, and sunsets. Don't forget about sitting somewhere together watching a sunset.

In the world of arts and literature, however, "romance" means many different things.

Hellenistic romance refers to five specific novels, the only ones we still have from ancient Greece.

Chivalric romance is a subgenre containing medieval and Renaissance narrative fiction. It has a heavy focus on heterosexual love, courtly manners, and heroic knight-errants going on quests.

The general genre of romance has as its focus people in romantic love, which is defined as "the expressive and pleasurable feeling from an emotional attraction towards another person." They also have to have a satisfying and optimistic ending.

When it comes to film, there's your basic romance which is pretty much a romance novel in film form, and the romantic comedy, which you can only be unaware of if you live in the exact center of the Serengeti, and is a hybrid of a romance film and a comedy film, using elements from both.

Then you have Romanticism, which was an artistic and intellectual movement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Within that movement, you have Romantic music, the style used by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, and Wagner; Romantic poetry, used by Keats and Wordsworth; and even Romanticism in science, which contrasted Enlightenment mechanistic natural philosophy, and promoted anti-reductionism, epistemological optimism, creativity, experience, and genius.

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