I was kind of thinking around the same lines that Lindsay was, when I read Chism’s article on romance. It seems as if every movie that our generation seems to joy is revolved around a romance plot from “Twilight” to even “The Hangover”. Romance stories are what fuels our television shows, our popular movies, and our books. We still love those classic romances like Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” along with “Gone With the Wind”. Romance stories seem to be timeless in our society. Even in “Saint Eustice” there was a little bit of romance, I mean who doesn’t sympathize with him when he is grief stricken over losing his wife?
The very opening of Chism’s essay states “Romance was the dominant non-devtional genre of Middle English literature, and its themes permate medieval literary culture at large” (Chism 57). Could the same not be said for our litterature today? I mean who honestly has not read one of Nicholas Sparks’ novels or atleast watched “The Notebook”? (If you haven’t you have to considering a lot of it was filmed in Charleston)
I think sometimes when we read literature we get so wrapped up in the fact that it was a time so different than our own that we forget the commonalities between the Middle Ages and now. Their were still individuals working hard every day to make money, there were still people falling in love, there will still people reading every book they could get their hands on, and there were still people who were religious. Aren’t these religious notions and ideologies that the gentry had in the Middle Ages the same as what most of us hold today?