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romance

romance |rōˈmans; ˈrōˌmans| noun 1 a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love : in search of romance. • love, esp. when sentimental or idealized : he asked her for a date and romance blossomed. • an exciting, enjoyable love affair, esp. one that is not serious or long-lasting : a summer romance. • a book or movie dealing with love in a sentimental or idealized way : light historical romances. • a genre of fiction dealing with love in such a way : wartime passion from the master of romance. 2 a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life : the beauty and romance of the night. • wild exaggeration; picturesque falsehood : she slammed the claims as “pure romance, complete fiction.” • a work of fiction dealing with events remote from real life. 3 a medieval tale dealing with a hero of chivalry, of the kind common in the Romance languages : the Arthurian romances. • the literary genre of such works. 4 Music a short informal piece. verb [ trans. ] 1 court; woo : the wealthy estate owner romanced her. • informal seek the attention or patronage of (someone), esp. by use of flattery : he is being romanced by the big boys in New York. • [ intrans. ] engage in a love affair : we start romancing. 2 another term for romanticize : : to a certain degree I am romancing the past. ORIGIN Middle English : from Romance , originally denoting a composition in the vernacular as opposed to works in Latin. Early use denoted vernacular verse on the theme of chivalry; the sense [genre centered on romantic love] dates from the mid 17th cent.


2006-01-15 Our next original project is to make a romantic video game SweatWiki:TheApartment (that is if we live through making Deuteronomy). Just typing “romantic game” sounds odd, I’m sure, kind of like when LL cool J made the first rap love-song ;)
But anyway, for research on romantic fictions, since there is a dearth of games to look for in this arena (though we always look to Gog:Ceremony of Innocence as the benchmark), we are watching lots of nice romantic films... trying to get in touch with how romance is represented in contemporary static fiction so we can figure out what we want to say with our interactive fiction. We know we want it to be the tragic sort of romance. We know that one must have some mythic elements. Honestly though, the only movies we both truly like are these romantic semi-tragic ultra simple story films. Stories that deal with the banal (most often contemporary) everyday but which try to get past it and show you the jewels of life. Desire and how important it is as a motivation to go on living.

some nice movies we’ve watched.

IMDB:Lost in translation
IMDB:Springtime in a small town
IMDB:Before Sunrise
IMDB:Before Sunset

Some notes: That the feelings of romance which sweep us away feel rare, special and yet we can know that this is something banal, something which happens all the time. Describe instinct as something which doesn’t sound like the soul, or fate, it is impossible. The love puts us in touch with the meaning of life, The mythic moment inside all of us. If it is “real” one wonder what more can one live for than this? “Right and wrong don’t matter.” “The song has ended, but as the songwriter wrote, the melody lingers on.”