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August 28th, 2008

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02:00 am - Reading romances is good for the species
Came across an interesting speech about how reading romance novels is actually good for the human species, evolutionarily speaking. I thought it rather intriguing from a sociobiological perspective.

I don't read romance novels of the Harlequin type myself, but I do like some of the classic literary romances, like Jane Eyre, and I read a fair amount of Potterverse fanfic, almost all of which seems to have at least some romantic elements to it, even for the gen stuff. Even the slash fic seems to fit into that speech's description of "species survival support system", since more than a fair few of those stories I've come across involve m-preg, so as a type of genre fiction as described in that speech, it too seems to adhere to the affirmations needed to continue the human race, despite its ostensibly homosexual relationship focus.

I have to admit I liked the thesis that storytelling is a biological imperative for humans. It's nice to think I'm contibuting to the survival of the species whenever I write Fenrir-fic. ;F
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Date:August 28th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
What a nutter! As if breeding alone is good for a country when we're already over populated.

If you ask me paranormal romance is about getting two people to fuck in chapter three without having any tedious back story and characterisation getting in the way because they are ZOMG meant to be. I ploughed through a fair few as market research, and they stank..
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Date:August 29th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Well, some folks are really big on children, despite all the work they entail. And you do need them if the species is to continue, after all . . .

I haven't read any of those types of books, since I'm not big on what is marketed as Romance -- those books mainly seem to be trite and formulaic and not terribly well-written. I am rather fond of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Count de St. Germaine series, though -- they're spiffy little historicals that often contain romance as well as some adventure and there's usually at least one vampire in it, and often several. You might like Olivia -- she seems like the kind of character who would appeal to you.

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Date:August 29th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
Over breeding is just as likely to lead to extinction.

And I fail to see how the urge to read historical romance can be evolutionary significant when it's a practice that hasn't been around long enough to evenr egister on the evolutionary timeframe. The woman's a fool
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Date:August 29th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Well love stories have been around for millenia, even though written-down ones haven't been, just as epic adventures have been. I find the whole idea of storytelling as being evolutionarily advantageous to be the most interesting thing in that piece, personally. It does have a kind of logic to it, especially if you take the view that human beings are just DNA's way of perpetuating itself.


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