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Why Everyone Wants a Victorian Romance
You're Writing Me a LOVE Letter?
By Samantha Highfill
It’s the tension-filled first sighting followed by the coincidental run-in. It’s the passionate love that develops almost immediately and is followed by days full of picnics, running through fields, and sneaking around. It’s the climax that pulls the couple apart only to have them reconcile in the most emotional moment of their lives. It’s pushing through and fighting for true love. It’s the Victorian romance.
The forbidden lover, the stolen glances, the secretive touches, and of course, the British accent add up to create the formula of this classic love story. It’s a story that we’ve all come to know well. And as life moves on, new romantic traditions are made, but our hearts and our hopes still lie with the Victorian romance.
While the “proper” social gatherings and the wise and insightful butlers do make the stories more intriguing, it’s the foundation of a Victorian romance that we all still hold in our hearts. The strong, gorgeous man (and yes, he does have an accent) has decided that he loves you and only you. He will do anything to make you his, including standing outside your room tossing rocks at your window all night long, if only to see your face. He “courts” you by bringing you flowers and your favorite candy (though you never told him what it was). He’s your knight in shining armor, minus the degrading patriarchal society aspect. He’s everything Jane Austen wrote about.
Back then, the formalities made playing games almost mandatory when it came to dating. Men had to be romantic and women had to be sexy in order to get what they wanted. Love letters were written and formal dances were held. Women would walk around in their big, beautiful dresses as the men admired them from a distance, dressed in their finest suits. There’s just something about that time, and about the formality and the impossibility of what would end up being inevitable – love.
However, the main thing that makes a Victorian romance something that every woman wants is the absolution. These two people are positive that they are supposed to be together. There is no denying it. The romantic gestures are grand and the words spoken are sincere, but nothing compares to the idea that when you meet the man you’re supposed to be with, you just know. It’s love at first sight. It’s no turning back. It’s the idea that all you want is him and all he wants is you–and once you have each other, you’re good . . . for the rest of your happily ever after.
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