Then on Tuesday the resulting documentary Guilty Pleasures, about the way the romances - in this case specifically Mills and Boon romances - have touched people’s lives.
If you turned on Guilty Pleasures to find out about Mills & Boon romances as the big business worldwide enterprise they are – or to learn how to write one and hopefully make a lot of money, then you would have been disappointed. If you had wanted an analysis of why romances are so successful and why they continue to be so after 100 years and all the changes in society, in women’s life and in ‘politically correct’ thinking that has changed so much in that time
|Julie Moggan maker of 'Guilty Pleasures'|
But what they do want is the belief that love will triumph even through the hard times. That there is hope of a better tomorrow – that, as Scarlett O’Hara so famously said ‘Tomorrow is another day’ and things have a real chance of being better then.
So how do the two topics of this blog come together? Well, as I dealt with the stress that life was throwing at me, in the brief times I had to switch off, I needed something to distract me. So I read. But I very definitely didn’t need anything that reminded me of the harshness of life, any ‘kitchen sink’ realism. I needed that assertion that there is good and love and the hope of happiness in the world – and romance reading provided that perfectly.