Sounds like a crazy question coming from an author claiming to have written five of them. But that doesn’t make the query any less valid. For most people, when you say romance, images of heart-shaped candy boxes, long stemmed red roses, and probably bearskin rugs and roaring fires pop into mind.
But is that it? Not that any of those things on their own might not be a good start, but there has to be more to it, right? So then, what makes something romantic? Is it a gesture? A place? A word?
Yes, no, and everything in-between.
Please keep in mind, these are my own rather crazy thoughts. They might not be right or wrong, but I will own them either way. To me, a romance is something that makes people believe they are part of something greater, something beyond the everyday and that transcends into eternity. It gives hope and allows us to be our best selves. We can believe in the power of love and the promise of happily ever after.
To illustrate this point, I’m going to site what I consider to be one of the greatest, and most underrated, romantic movies: The Adjustment Bureau.