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A Romance Column
By Carol Ann Culbert Johnson

Romance: Fact or Fiction?

I like to read so I find myself interested in what others like to read. My passion is romance, of course, but....

A security guard I know was reading a James Patterson novel--the 7th series of The Women's Murder Club. As I watched her read she was so memorized in the paperback novel that she didn't know I was standing there watching her. I knew what she was feeling since I had read the novel myself and couldn't put the book down. I had to clear my throat to get her attention.

"You are loving that book," I replied.

She smiled. "I am so very much," she declared.

"Do you read romance novels?"

Her smile disappeared instantly and she frowned. "I don't read those, thank u very much."

"Why?" I asked.

"Romance novels are make-believe and not real. Two people don't meet across the room and its love at first sight. I can't stand romance novels. The real world is James Patterson."

"His novels are violent," I pointed out.

"The world is violent," she echoed.

I shook my head at her---of course she was right, but I wanted to escape into a world where love and romance met. I choose not to dwell in this tarnished evil component of Satan working its magic.

I also noticed that she was still reading a paperback novel. "I see you don't have a tablet, a Kindle, a Nook or ipad."

She shook her head again. "I like the feel of books," she passionately replied. "Don't you?"

"Once upon a time, but technology is changing and I loved reading a book on an electronic device where I don't have to carry a lot of books in my purse, and I don't have to wait for the mail to deliver them. I get my books in less than five seconds, and I can download about 50 books for my pleasure. I love my Nook and Kindle."

She frowned.

I realized that change doesn't happen for some of us. There are readers out there who love their paperback books.

Anyway, I was still out on her views of romance so I challenged her to some questions.

"Are you married?"

"I am for ten years."

"How did you meet your husband?"

"I saw him at a party and I knew I was going to marry him."

"How did you know?"

"There was just something about him that turned me on in a serious kind of way. I just knew that he was my soul mate."

"It’s called romance," I pointed out.

She laughed. "Okay, you got me there. I was on a romantic ride with my husband. He wined and dined me, and we were inseparable. My body was hot all over, and I couldn't control the electricity that embellished my body. When he touched me the fire was burning so hot, I collapsed from the inferno. I have to admit it was love at first sight."

"I rest my case. You should take a break from the violence and read a romance novel--you will be able to relate to the heroine and hero eyes meeting across the room and that instant chemistry that envelopes them. Is romance fact or fiction?"

She smiled. "Okay, I will read a romance novel when I finish James Patterson. Do you has any suggestions."

Now we were on the same page. "Maureen Smith, Rochelle Alers, Donna Hill, Rhonda McKnight, and the list are endless."

"I will read one and let u know what I think."

"Thanks, and you won't be disappointed. Romance is the key to the facts of finding your true soul mate. I believe this totally. Romance is fiction when true love is not the contributing factor and divorce is on the menu. When you marry someone for the wrong reasons, and love is not a part of the marriage, you are doomed after the marriage license is signed. True love conquers all."

"Wow," she said. "That is so deep."

I smiled and went on my way. There are a lot of women and men who don't believe in romance. They meet across the room and lust is the key. I want your body and that's all I want, thank you very much.

But there are men and women who fall in love and their hearts are overflowing with love ---real and honest true love.

So romance can be fiction when you look at Kim Kardashian. What was she thinking, was it a publicity stunt, or she was trying to be Kholi? Did Kris play along for the fame and fortune? Why?

So romance can truly be a fact--when you see him or her across a crowded room and know in your heart that she/he is the one. When you know that the love is so strong you can't live without each other, and you would lay down your life. This is true love in a nutshell. I vote for romance.

So is romance fact or fiction? In the security guard’s eyes, a fact wins, and in my eyes romance is a fact without a doubt, and Valentine Day this February will prove my point.

Take a ride with me because romance will always win hands down. Absolutely, it had already won. Just look at the happy couples around you.

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