My family went to see Wicked this past weekend. I didn't have any preconceived ideas (I haven't read the book by Gregory Maguire) I only knew it was the story of the Witches of Oz. The musical was wonderful and an extremely smart, clever twist on a story that everyone knows. Without spoiling the plot, I will tell you that there is a romance in the story.
Which got me to thinking...the themes of romance and love figure prominently in ballet, opera, movies, theatre, and music. Frequently those works with a central romance become favored classics. So why is it that the moment a book is labeled as a romance suddenly the conception is the novel has less value than a literary or other genre fiction work?
In a time of global financial and political upheaval, tales of love and romance should be celebrated as enduring and inspiring. In my opinion, any artistic work that details the trials and triumphs of love should be revered not ridiculed. For at the end of the day, whether you have a home, car, 401k, or not, if you love and are loved in return then you are rich in spirit.
Happy Valentine's Day!