I am of the opinion that people who read romance novels see the glass as half full and see life as a wonderful experience rather than the sucky existence that many claim it to be. How did I come to this conclusion? It’s the ending. Each and every romance novel, no matter which sub-genre it is always ends up with the hero and heroine living happily ever after. Always, with no determent or surprise.
By general definition a pessimist is always expecting the worst to happen. In a romance novel the worst happens throughout the novel but never at the end. So a pessimist’s negative, “See I told you they wouldn’t get together” never comes to fruition. A true pessimist would never be able to tolerate this.
So when a person tells me they like to read romance novels I know that no matter how gloomy they portray their lives to be, they know that it will end up well in the end.
Is my opinion far off the mark or is there a grain of truth to my view? What do you think?