HEA (Happily Ever After).
I'm an optimist by nature, and an idealist. I love the concept that things will turn out all right in the end.
To be qualified as a Romance, a story must have an HEA or a Happily Ever After. This means Our Hero and Our Heroine get together and have their dreams come true.
Well, okay, within the story they do. We all know it doesn't work out like that in real life.
Boy, does it not work out like that in real life! Bah, humbug! If there is an HEA in reality, it's because the person or persons are actively working at it.
Life is a challenge. It is a test. We get all sorts of nasty stuff thrown at us during our time in Mortalilty. Life can really suck.
When life sucks, I love to escape into a book. When my life is miserable, the last thing I want to read is more misery. (This is why I detest most "Literary" works. They're so depressing. But not Paolo Coehlo. He's a delightful bundle of joy that everyone should read.)
I read for escapism. When my life looks bleak, at least I can read a tale where someone else is having a better time in life.
Romance guarantees that. Sure, Our Hero and Our Heroine are also taking a rather painful road to get there, but They Get There, and that's what matters to me.
I wish I could go with them.
Her Grace shall always love Romance.