Values and the Romance Novel: Journeys of the Reader

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Davis introduced her students to romance novels, who had negative impressions of romance novels, and

For a small number of students, these assumptions and anticipations were borne out. Their attitudes remained unaltered throughout their contact with the novels. However, a larger number were surprised that their interest was captured by the romances. They did not anticipate that they would forsake other interests, including sleep, as they became immersed in the book. What changed for these readers? It seems that another compelling social force intervened: the value of romance. Although uncomfortable with the idea of romance novels, they were attracted by the romance itself. (56)