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Are Romance Novels Harmless Reading?

“READING romances is an escape,” said one avid reader. “Losing myself in a romance refreshes me, makes me better able to face my own problems.” Her comments are rather typical of those who regularly devour romance novels.

Some claim that the stories are an effective stress tonic. Youths view them as a harmless peek at adult pleasures. And for some they are a way to add excitement to a drab existence. Since the novels are generally short and inexpensive, reading them has become an addictive habit for millions. Rivaling the audience for most popular television shows, 20 million in the United States alone are estimated to be readers. And young people number prominently among this total. But should you read them? Pls i need your views.

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But what if you would really like to know the girl better? If that is the case, you should realize that dating and romance are not just ways to have a good time. The powerful feelings that a dating couple develop for each other point them to a commitment in marriage. After they marry, those feelings help to bond them together as husband and wife. How might this knowledge affect you now?

After thinking about this young lady, you may realize that she is attractive in a number of ways. She has opened the door, and you would like to keep it open. But instead of charging headlong into courtship, take steps now to protect the two of you from grievous pain later on.

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Understandably, such stories have appeal. But referring to “Gothic-style” romance novels, one writer objects: “The basic premise of these . . . stories is that a good man is hard to detect . . . and the man who had seemed above suspicion . . . is the villain.” The heroine interprets the calloused, inscrutable demeanor of the hero thusly: “If my man treats me badly, that’s because he’s masculine, not because he’s bad.” Or, “Men may appear moody, cynical, scornful, and bullying, but they nevertheless provide romance and excitement.”

Could accepting such fanciful notions cloud your vision of the important qualities necessary for a successful, enduring marriage? Bonnie, who started reading romance novels at age 16, recalls: “I looked for the young man that was tall, dark and handsome; one that was exciting, with a domineering personality.” She confessed: “If I dated a young man and he didn’t want to kiss and touch, he was dull, even though he was considerate and kind. I wanted the excitement I’d read about in the novels.” It is therefore easy to see how reading these stories could result in one’s becoming infatuated with a person most undesirable as a marriage mate. A desire for “excitement” could cloak what this person really is at heart

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romance novels are knowledgeable

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I used to read alot of romance novels as an escape as well,,,

I learnt from an early age that happy endings rarely happened in real life,,, so I used to pretend to beleieve and loose myself in it,,,

doesnt work anymore tho,,, I've learnt to accept reality and to stop running away from it

frankly i find it quite harmless, afterall it didnt cause me any harm

It only becomes a problem when the person reading it chooses to base their life's decisons on its ideas

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Lmfao i thought I was the only one that does that, some time I take it into the restroom, reading while walking on the street. Some dayz i would stay up still 6am to finish the book

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They lack substance, make you unrealistic and you have problems forming genuine relationships. When I discovered how silly they were, I tore up my collection. I'd advise anyone to do the same. Read non fiction or books on money making instead.

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a day wtout reading one of them romantic novel is like im going to die,its an addiction already,i even read it wen im working,sometimes wen im cooking too,i dont see any crime in reading it

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i see no harm in it.i'm sure ma life would be 60% boring witout it

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If your brain can pick out what is useful, sure it's harmless. But that is not a sure thing

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Romantic Novel, as far as i'm concern its my daily dose.

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romantic novels teach you how to live your life but not how to use your brain

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Tends to put some unrealistic ideas into one's head. I guess it just for the matured mind

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Wld fink it cld pollute the mind,

Only matured minds shd read them

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