Welcome to the February AW Blogroll. Lets start with the rules:
It (the blogroll)can be themed or not. This one will be.
The first person just makes a post on their blog.
The person following will take some element from the previous blogger and make their own post, including that element.
Please link back to the previous poster with a permalink and also include a link to the blog of the next poster.
The last person tries to tie their post to the first poster and to the previous poster
Please post the links in your blog of everyone participating in the chain, if possible.
OK, like I said this one is themed. And what better theme for the month of February that love and romance. Or should I say love vs. romance.
Not quite. In fact I find them to be diametrically opposite. I hate romance. Not the romantic interlude, or a character having a romantic interest, I just hate romance as seen today in books and movies:
I hate the ridiculous attempts by writers of sitcoms to keep the characters in a sitcom at arms length for the sake of “romantic tension”. If the only reason why people are still watching your show is to see if the two characters are going to get together, then a) you don’t have much of a show, and b) you suck as writers.
I hate all manner of love triangles, quadrangles or octagons. That’s not love, that is cheating. You can be attracted to a number of people, but you got to choose to be faithful or not. When is the last time you met someone who was in such a self-made mess?
To me a real love story is not about getting the girl, or the boy, but about keeping them. I’m willing to tolerate the artifice of the romantic story only in romatic comedies, which allow me to laugh with and at the whole ridiculous situation. As a character in my recent novel said “Romance is fantasy, love is real”. And nothing is more fake than St. Valentine. Should he be doing all of this every day or at any given time, not just on a given calendar day set by the greeting card industry to drive up sales?
I’ll take a real love story that deals with trials and tribulations actual relationships. Please keep the contrived scenes to yourself.
So what do you think? Love or Romance? Why do you like one but not the other? Or am I just a clueless hater? Care to prove me wrong?
I’ll leave those questions to the rest of our blogchain participants, starting with Razibahmed over at SouthAsiaBlog.
P.S. And to confuse you even more, here is the a video for the best song of the 1980s! Enjoy!