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“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” (A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh)

There are so many romance novels nowadays. Go into any bookstore and you will find tons of romance literature on the shelves. Despite that, women still curl up with a thick blanket, tissue in hand, ready to cry and celebrate with the heroine of the novel.

What is it about these romantic novels that are so irresistible to women all around the world?

Most readers of romance feel engaged with the story. Even if these plots are cliché, it is the raw, honest and real portrayal of the heroine that pulls your readers in. They imagine themselves as the heroine, meeting and falling in love with the man that they shouldn’t be with; or being in a relationship with a fairy-tale-prince (which let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to be with one?).

Romance novels take the readers out of their mundane life and into a world where everything has a love filter on it. In the stories, the heroines are always saved by the love interest. They seldom have bad hair days and seem to rarely work. It is just unrealistic to us who work 9AM to 5PM every day. When we reach home, who has the time and energy to be romantic? That’s where the stories come in. They bring us to a world where there is always time for romance.

We all love a happy ending. Often, in our own quest to find true love, we meet obstacles here and there. This can discourage someone from believing that they can find their destined person. In romance stories, we can believe that there is someone for everyone. By trusting in the happy endings, we can bring a little bit of that hope to reality, knowing that someday, the right person will eventually show up.

Feel inspired to write your own romance story? Learn to pen a gripping ‘will-they-won’t-they’ storyline with How to Write Romance with Ally Blake, happening on the 12th of May.

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