“I am going to get rid of these books soon. Getting you all the wrong ideas.” Said he. Agitated by the strong stance taken by him, she vehemently retorted – “If you don’t know how to enjoy reading, leave alone romantic books, then please reserve your cynical comments. World would be a better place if only guys could be an ounce of what my Christian is.” (referring to her favorite male protagonist – Christian Grey, from the famous 50 shades series) . He left the room seeing no value investing his energies to discuss the matter further. She snuggled up in the bed and returned to what she enjoyed the best, reading and wishing the transformation of her significant other into the gorgeous and satiating Christian. And, that’s how the Sunday afternoon ended for them, without turning into what it could potentially would have.
Conversations and expectations revolving around a fictional world and sneakily creeping into our lives is not uncommon. Any avid reader with an interest for following love content whether via books or movies would vouch for this fact. Parallel comparisons and bittersweet memories knock our hearts when we are immersed into those irresistible pages of a best-seller. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, the ability of books to transport us into an ideal dream like world is precisely why we find solace into them. Isn’t it? But stop, be true to your heart and answer whether or not you have unknowingly caused unintentional pain to yourselves at some point after completing your favorite novel. Unknowingly we start to question the choices that we made in terms of choosing our life partner. “Oh had I waited long enough, I would have got my sassy knight in silver, making my life as exciting as the girl in the book.” Sometimes I feel we are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the type of gestures or love extended by our partner because hey, it doesn’t match up to the adrenaline rush or the mush of these books. Careful, reading too can have it’s pitfalls leading to undesirable equation with our better half or feeling lonely, deserted and unwanted.
Things that I write do not judge or discard the romance. Just urge the readers to be wise enough to know where to draw that most talked about “line of discretion” . Don’t let the charms and words of the book heroes make you blind to the magic prowess of your loved one. They too are trying. Albeit in a different way. Simple pat on the head while leaving for office, an old faithful goodnight kiss, a hug when you really need it, incongruous calls when you are away or making your fun imitating you, equally measure up if not exceed the expensive or adventurous out of the world indulgences offered by the romantic superheroes of our books.
So while I return to finishing the last chapter of the current romantic caper I am reading, give a thought and be proud of the choice you made. Love with all what you have!!!
As Christian would put it…Later’s Baby !!!