Romantic stories on repeat

Water for Elephants was a beautiful story, and I think everyone who read it enjoyed it. I really loved it, but as I was analyzing I realized that this book has a recurring theme that we have seen before in romantic stories. The girl is rich and engaged or married to someone, the guy is poor and persues the girl knowing that she is, in fact, unavailable. Then, the girl and guy get really close, the girl’s fiance or husband gets jealous, and somehow, the girls leaves her fiance or husband to be with the guy. This is the exact same plot line as Titanic and the Notebook. Yes, they do vary in certain degrees, but the basic theme is the same.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like a good love story as much as the next person, but I can’t help but wonder why there is this recurring romantic theme. My best guess would be that readers want to be comforted by the whole “true love exits” theory. Why they are is probably rooted in a philosophical/psychological theory that I have not studied deeply enough to analyze.

Perhaps that is an idea for my next project…

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