07 Jul '11, 6am

Palpitating fiction: Are romantic novels bad for women?

Palpitating fiction: Are romantic novels bad for women?

PARIS:It's all innocent stuff: square-jawed boy meets doe-eyed girl, they fall in love, encounter a few rocky moments but ultimately seal their union with a kiss or a vague hint of sex. Wholesome yarns like this form the heartbeat of romantic fiction, a genre that has been in existence since the mid-18th century and today sells by the bucketload. But, according to a debate launched on Thursday by a medical journal in Britain, romantic novels are an invisible yet potent threat to women's sexual and emotional health. A commentary blasts these formulaic books for failing to promote safe sex and encourage patience in achieving female orgasm -- and for defining the success of a relationship as the ability to crank out babies. "If readers start to believe the story that romantic fiction offers, then they store up trouble for themselves," says British author and relationship coun...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/lifestylenews/view...

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