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I notice the expression on the grocery cashier's face and wonder if she's a college student worried about mid-terms, or a grandmother wondering how much longer she'll have to work past what's considered "retirement age."
If my family isn't as enthralled as I am with my foray into Indian spices or Japanese cuisine, I chalk it up to my reader/writer malady: perception. I perceive things differently.
Do you, too?
I think that readers and writers all share the common need to experience life on a different plane. Sometimes it's to escape or entertain, but a lot of the time it's to appreciate this moment, today.
Romance is my go-to genre for being led through a story that I know will not only be emotionally satisfying at the end, it will be colorful on the way there.
I felt that way when I read Great Expectations, and I feel that way with the novels written today. In film, The Sound of Music remains my measuring stick for romance amidst the harsh realities of war. More recent examples of a wide-range of perception for me on film include American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks. Though neither is a romance, per se, they both have that sense of HEA for the protagonists.
What stories--written or on film, have filled your life with a rainbow of experiences?