When I say the word basket, what comes to mind? Maybe you immediately thought of this one …
… because you’ve already done two loads of laundry today. Or maybe you thought of this one …
… because it’s time to stock up the fridge again. (In which case, you’ll probably need one of these instead. Lol)
But back to baskets … Did you know that romance readers have their own special basket? Yup. It’s called a basket of feelings. And it probably looks something like this (mine would be pink since that’s my favorite color):
I once heard that romance readers read romance for the basket of feelings it gives them. I thought this was such a neat phrase because we use baskets all the time in our daily lives, so it’s something we can relate to. And the idea of evoking feelings in a reader with the power of our words is both humbling and exciting for an author.
For me personally, I read romance to feel good. To feel the sparks when two characters meet for the first time. To experience the warm fuzzies of falling in love. And to enjoy the sweetness of happy endings.
Moreover, I read Christian romance to feel truths. To feel the Bible’s definition of love as explained in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV):
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
I read romance to be reminded that people are worth taking a chance on because God took a chance on us; that there is beauty in the hard things (without rain, there wouldn’t be rainbows); and that love—deep and sacrificial love—can change hearts. I fill up my basket of feelings with hope, joy, and love—all the amazing elements that make a romance worth reading.
How about you, dear reader? What’s in your basket of feelings when you read romance?
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