Tales of redemption. They are found in every genre out there. Why are they so popular in romance? Most people have made a mistake in their lives for which they seek forgiveness.
Remember that lost love? The only person you ever truly loved? The one who made you feel whole? The one you cheated on because you were young and easily swayed? Or maybe the one you never told you were married? Or one of a million other reasons?
We seek redemption for our actions. It’s a rare person who does not. Either they know they messed up so completely that they can never repair the damage or they feel it beneath them to apologize and make reparations.
Both of those instances cause tension in lives, are real, and if the writer has done a good job, the reader wants to see that character redeemed. Most people deserve at least one second chance. And sometimes the way a person seeks redemption is to move on from everyone in their lives in order to start anew. How is that redemption, you ask? They are seeking forgiveness from themselves for past transgressions, giving themselves permission to move on.
Sometimes the person we seek redemption from is ourselves. All of this can be found in the romance genre.
Do you find it difficult to redeem someone who has transgressed. Have you forgiven yourself?
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