Romance is not something new to us. It is something that is so familiar to us that the concept, itself, both in actuality and as a metaphor has been explored over and over again. Its sociocultural roots span from many centuries ago. Back then, romance was something that existed for the pleasure of human beings, romance was depicted in art and literature. Chivalry was associated to the dynamics of romance back then, as well as patriarchy.
In contemporary times, romance can be elusive. It is portrayed as something that as pure and unworldly in popular culture that people tend to think that romance is something that is too romanticized, which can be gathered from the word itself. Unlike love that seems to come so freely and also seems to exist easily everywhere, romance is of another kind that requires a different sort of understanding.
Romance in Popular Culture
In popular culture, romance is a theme that is common because of its fluidity. It can be contextualized easily and of course, everyone can relate to this sort of theme. As elusive as it may seem in real life, the affective quality of romance shows the vulnerable side of people for it is still connected with their innermost aspirations. In modern media, romance has already taken different forms. It has adapted to more progressive themes. Romance in the contemporary society is no longer heteronormative. There is room for the LGBTQ+. With this, romance becomes more customized to cater to everyone. There are cases that patriarchy is also being attacked by the images of modern romance. This is commendable because this means that media is also taking part in opening the society to the different possibilities that are already existent. These possibilities themselves are there in order to hone how the society views the different issues present in the world.
We have long ago shed our longing for the traditional. Romance poetry became more subtle and fresh. Not only learned people had the right to claim the understanding for romance. This is something notable in the contemporary times; many things became more inclusive of everyone. Art and literature that presented romance no longer felt alienating; rather it became more embracing.
In the actual sense, the term romance can also come as something which is too archaic. People nowadays just use the overarching term “love” to describe anything that lies along its lines. In light of this, romance becomes detached from love because romance tends to be some sort of a more fantastical experience that is not too in touch with reality. Romantic movies tend to be overrated and unrealistic for many but in truth, this is what makes romance a theme that is still fun and quirky to many. Its unrealistic side makes people on the edge and gives a sense of dreaminess to how love really is understood by many. Aside from this, there are those who tend to avoid anything that is associated to romance. These individuals are called cynical for the reason that they cannot enjoy something as positive and hopeful as romance.
In today’s age, the true meaning of romance may have changed but is still very much there. People still see the need to believe in romance especially in a society which has been vulnerable to strife. In light of this all, we are told that romance still exists in order for us to lighten up. It may not be the saving grace for whatever is going on the world but it’s definitely enough to give us hope for something. At the end of the day, romance is probably something we’re looking for, even when we don’t want to admit it.