Romance novels are just fairytales for adults. You know how I come to that conclusion? Today on TV they were showing Tangled which is a Disney’s Rupanzel with a twist. I have seen the movie before but always in parts. Today I got to see the end.
What I realised while watching Rupanzel fall desperately in love with Flynn Rider aka Eugene Flitzherbert was that romance novels have male characters just like Flynn Ride. Tall, handsome, dark perhaps, and he always, always and always is the bad boy. And his bad boyishness is such that only his love interest can turn him into a better person. Yes, bad boys appeal to us adults but do they even appeal to kids? Or is this some new kind of brainwash?
All romance novels are nothing but a fairytale. In the end everything turns out to be OK after a lot of obstacles and yada yada yada. But what I’m really worried about is that if Tangled appeals to me as an adult then why does it appeal to the kids? Isn’t it too early to drill it in their minds that there is this Special Person or Soulmate waiting out there for them and for all you know these concepts might just be a fiction. It certainly has never happened to me before and the number of people who find that Special Person or their Other Half is very, very limited.So shouldn’t children worry about what new game to play, or monsters or something? Finding love should be the farthest thing from their mind, right?