I’d like to claim I was writing last night. Hundreds of words. Thousands of words. All flowing like a writerly flood.
But I wasn’t.
Instead, I was blog surfing, wandering from blog roll to blog roll in search of all sorts of interesting points of view. While engaged in this…err…worthwhile research activity…I stumbled across a post that I think in many ways could be a mantra for any romance author worth his or her salt.
- Human beings took our animal need for palatable food . . . and turned it into chocolate souffles with salted caramel cream. We took our ability to co-operate as a social species . . . and turned it into craft circles and bowling leagues and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We took our capacity to make and use tools . . . and turned it into the Apollo moon landing. We took our uniquely precise ability to communicate through language . . . and turned it into King Lear.None of these things are necessary for survival and reproduction. That is exactly what makes them so splendid.
- When we take our basic evolutionary wiring and transform it into something far beyond any prosaic matters of survival and reproduction . . . that’s when humanity is at its best. That’s when we show ourselves to be capable of creating meaning and joy, for ourselves and for one another. That’s when we’re most uniquely human.
- And the same is true for sex. Human beings have a deep, hard-wired urge to replicate our DNA, instilled in us by millions of years of evolution. And we’ve turned it into an intense and delightful form of communication, intimacy, creativity, community, personal expression, transcendence, joy, pleasure, and love.
Isn’t that a lovely way of putting it? I read it and wanted to share it because I thought it so perfectly encapsulates what romance is to me. It says a lot about why I write it and why I think people read it. It is about joy and community and personal expression, at its most basic and instinctual level.
What do you think? Is the author saying something you agree with or do you think there is something else involved beyond the points she’s made? I hope you’ll share your thoughts.