Friday, February 14, 2014

What is Love?


As Haddaway famously said back in 1993. We're all familiar with romantic, ooey-gooey love that populates Harlequin romance novels, but love can come in a variety of forms. There is... (thank you Wikipedia)
Eros – a passionate physical and emotional love based on aesthetic enjoyment; stereotype of romantic love
Ludus – a love that is played as a game or sport; conquest; may have multiple partners at once
Storge – an affectionate love that slowly develops from friendship, based on similarity (kindred to Philia)
Pragma – love that is driven by the head, not the heart; undemonstrative; pragmatic love with the purpose of achieving a common goal, as in a coalition
Mania – obsessive love; experience great emotional highs and lows; very possessive and often jealous lovers
Agape – selfless altruistic love
There is also “platonic love”—a love of the mind rather than the body.  “Puppy love” is where a younger person may infatuate on an older, mentor-like individual.  And we can’t forget the love between a parent and a child.

So what types of love populate your stories? 


And Happy Valentine’s Day!

6 comments:

  1. I wasn't familiar with all those kinds of love - can see they'd all make good stories though!

    My stories often feature the love between friends, romantic love and the love experienced in families.

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    1. Remember learning about the different kinds of "love" in a psychology class. Was pretty interesting stuff, and thought it'd be useful for writing since romance stories make up a large part of publishing.

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing this! I LOVE that list, gives me some new ideas. I find lists like this very helpful.

    I'm a romantic so I write about love all the time. Parental love, romantic love in all its healthy and unhealthy forms, friendship love, grandparent/grandchild love. I especially like writing about young love before it gets all complicated. I've actually started writing love into my speculative fiction pieces. So far, they have NOT been popular submissions. :) But, I'm not ready to give up yet. My robot factory love story rocks. ♥

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    1. I know what you mean, I've got one submissions that deals with love--albeit, an incestuous love--but no one but me seems to like it. :(

      Hope one day to see your speculative fic love stories, Von Rupert. :)

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  3. Plenty of mania in my stories, but I don't know how loving it is. A timely, informative post, Siobhan.

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    1. Mania is a fun one, gotta love it in King's Misery. :D

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