What does it mean to fall in love? Inquiring minds want to know.
It would be a challenge to hold all the books written about love in any one place. Libraries would run out of shelves. In the Fiction aisles, you would find all the books based on movies from our Hollywood Style post . . . A complete floor or more would be needed to hold all the smoldering tales. There would be a complete department of romance books, all professing undying devotion and true love.
Within the genre, there are historical perspectives, regaling readers of times long past; thrillers that emphasize manly men and distressed damsels, steamy varieties long on the physical aspects and short on plot . . . angst driven teenage drama, classics that are more about societal commentary than the love story itself, stories about mistaken identities, ready made families, rebellious maidens, and rugged men folk.
Tales are not limited to this world. They delve into the supernatural, mystical, fairy tale, and fantasy. They involve werewolves, vampires, people with extra sensory abilities, super powers, alternate realities, aliens, in fact. . . the more extraordinary the story the more popular or beloved the character.
Crossing the aisle to the non-fiction section, you have the how-to versions, providing the top ten sure fire methods to identify the real thing, tell you what women want, how men are wired, which planet you’re from, how to live together, how to be who you were meant to be, interpret and speak in love languages, break out of unhealthy patterns, start new traditions . . . there’s no end to advice. Contradictory statements, buildup one position, tear down another. In fact, you can probably find a book to support your opinion of love, whatever that opinion might be.
With that many voices, it’s difficult to decipher the essence, the meaning . . . but it’s clear that it’s significant.
What do you think is vital or important to understanding love; to experiencing it? Would you recognize it when you see it? Can it be seen? What does it look like?