Okay, I finally snapped (no, in a different way), I’m finally getting abstract about why the most frequent genre I see on z-library is romance. Seriously, I have to scroll through hundreds of those a day, and I just now have the thought- “Why?” When you type in a random word to find a book you’ll often find more than a few of those of that genre, there’s a conspicuous abundance.

The popular romance fiction I examine in this study is a genre that coalesced in the twentieth century and is defined by a material association with pulp publishing, a conceptual one with courtship narrative

The good old Marxist Lukács believed it’s about something being lost in the world of the bourgeois.

Reading this study is so close to watching a chickflick I almost don’t want to do it. It has the word “epistemology” in the title so I clicked it.

Sure, people are ~literate~ in the modern world, it’s just that this is what a great deal of them read. If I had to guess, many read this pulp without telling anyone about it.

This genre flowered mostly after the 60s.

Yes, I was on to something about the highlander one for instance!

a state of selective denial of modernist impulses

It’s not only pre-modernity impulses I see, it’s also futuristic ones, that’s the weird thing. I see some BIZARRE books. What’s goin’ on? You think Twilight is bizarre–“That’s not bizarre, that’s my Bible!”

It’s yearning for something else than the modern world offers

It is a genre that has skirted modernism and in which the epistemic forces of late capitalism crystallize

I wonder if most of the ones who read those have ever tried to study the genre abstractly?

the genre’s ideological and narrative elements

No, no, art is neutral, right? No ideology in art, right right.

I have to ask the rude question- Are these books the reason they are the way they are?

Or maybe this is how they get away from themselves?

definition of the term as “a central love story” and “an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending” (“The Romance Genre”)

Their life is tinder and then they go to these books to find some real meaning, if fictional?

People who secretly read this genre probably feel so seen right now. Can you read like a spirituality book for once instead?

Zoom out and think of that post of mine on the mystery genre. These are fundamentally different ways of looking at the world. And that affects your personality to read one or the other.

I’m not even going to tell you one of the subgenres I frequently see, which I think is revealing of the female id. Not good for society I’ll tell you that. “Just say it!” Okay, so, you just want to be gangbanged everyday, huh? That’s just one of the glaring ones that I see. They’re mostly about two people.

It need not be pulpy or trashy or whatever, this is the Jane Austen genre, I’m sure there are some good ones. I remember going to the movie theater with the girl I lost my virginity to and seeing some Nicholas Sparks one, and that was pretty good, or maybe I was just in some kind of teenage delusion, who knows.

Lukács again, this seems apt

the novel appears to be the form that replaced the epic when society lost its sense of connection to the ancient gods and was forced to look for that immanent experience in art that promised holistic narrative

Bloom says all great literature was written by Gnostics. The world is ruled by a divinity that is lesser than God.

Seems right

the made-for-TV movie, which is its closest relative in another medium

I.e. why a snob would be annoyed to have to scroll through so many of them.

“I have stacks and stacks of those books, he found me out!”

Speaking of a “new god”, you need a new feminism god. I try to help you with that. This is what women read these days- pulp.

Random snapshot

I can hear them crying “What’s wrong with reading that!” I’m not going to judge you, you are what you are.

What goes on in women’s minds, I really want to know

People who should have a vote, yes…

Trust me, I see lots of oddities like the above that I didn’t post that make me wonder about public personas.

This is just going too far

Slavery is present in both texts as Max owns a plantation, but there are distinct differences in addressing it.

I’m laughing so hard at this study. It’s good though. This was written in the 1990s and edited in the 2000s to acclimate to changing politics. Making Max more “respectful”.

I talk about people having a more accurate perception of reality in the 1890s. Some people out there think there was a more accurate perception of reality in the 1990s. That’s not so extreme.

Okay, I’m done with this genre. If you’re interested in going between this and the kinds of genres I like, I saw this course the other day, might be able to find it on the web somewhere

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