No, not in so many words.I didn't say I was resisting it.
You seem to be arguing against them being able to help some people, with you being one of themLaura has unquestionably provided many with extraordinary treasures. I am not questioning that. But I will have to disagree about following a lead as it was described and her own works suggest that one needs to think with their own hammer. I am not saying that romance doesn't have value. I merely suggested that it may not apply to everyone the same way. Nor should it.
Maybe this is because you have the wrong idea of what we are supposed to be getting from these novels?I agree. Not sure what the point is unless the point is that it is very helpful to some. Maybe not all. And yet, I enjoy reading them, just don't seem to be affected by them (not yet anyway) since I know it is fiction.
It's not so much about the romance as it is about what is between the romances. Really looking at the characters, what their thoughts are, how their thinking changes as they start to understand more about themselves, how we may have the same thinking errors. And, it is a way to put ourselves in the characters' shoes and see how these thoughts are very similar to what our own thoughts are in some circumstances.
No. Not the lessons that Laura has in mind. The specific lessons that Laura sees in these novels are what she thinks is very important for us to learn. Otherwise, she wouldn't have suggested them in the first place.And yes, I do know that there could be meaningful messages even though it is fiction. But isn't that true with all types of literature from all cultures?
But, it is our choice to read these novels and learn more about ourselves, or not. And, it is our choice to really get into the headspace of the characters and see if we may have the same thinking patterns as they do and learn how to correct those.