Within the 12 months of pandemic and misery, audiences have discovered a happier place in Regency period London. The historic romance Bridgerton has turn into Netflix’s largest ever international success, grabbing the highest spot in India too. Romance has lengthy been disparaged as a frivolous ladies’s solely style, with a shallow plot and standard arc that means redemption lies with a person extra highly effective than the heroine. However it is a reductive studying. Romance speaks to the fantasies of the lady reader in advanced methods and it’s the one style the place her satisfaction is central.
In recent times, romance novels and rom-coms have turn into extra various, and inclusive of a complete vary of needs. Bridgerton, primarily based on Julia Quinn’s novels, made an excellent bolder leap into wish-fulfilment with its ‘color blind’ casting, and its steamy intercourse scenes. It’s not the one border-crossing bodice-ripper that has made it massive and there have been different massive romance successes on OTT platforms. Witty Korean dramas have additionally discovered a brand new international viewers.
In the meantime in India, the information is quite loveless. An FIR was lodged for A Appropriate Boy as a result of a kissing scene in a temple harm non secular emotions. Different reveals even have been within the courtroom’s crosshairs regardless of apologies and deletions. In fact our tales and legends and epics, our cultural legacies don’t shrink back from love’s many splendours. Simply because self-styled guardians have cramped imaginations, why ought to we’ve got to content material ourselves with happier conditions in distant occasions and locations?
This piece appeared as an editorial opinion within the print version of The Instances of India.
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