Monday, December 18, 2006

Scientific Support for HEA's?

Browsing the magazine section at the local Barnes & Noble recently, the magazine Psychology Today caught my eye. Hmmm Might be a few articles in it that will help me discover ways to add depth to characters or make their growth more believable. So I bought it, along with my other favorite research magazines Cosmo and Glamour *g* and took them home to read at my leisure.

There are several interesting articles in it, Reinvent Yourself: You Can Change Your Personality, Get Over It: How to Let Go of a Grudge, and The Caveman Diet And Other Natural Cures. However what caught my eye was a very short article called Muse Clues.
It was about the findings to a recent Arizona State University study on what inspired people to be creative.

Was it money? No. Higher status? No. Fame? No. It seems that throughout history all species become more creative when trying to attract a Mate. And Humans are no different. Men all became more creative when faced with obtaining a hot date. Why else do you think the early civilizations all had their muses as beautiful women?

And what about women? Well they too became more creative when a mate was the inspiration. But not the hot date. Women became more creative when the prize would be a man suitable for a long-term relationship. Someone that would invest in raising a family, being a partner in life.

It also turned out that the prospect need not be the goal. Just the thought of the ideal hot date or long term relationship inspired the creativity in the perspective sexes. So wouldn’t it seem Romance with Happily-ever-afters would be more inspirational to women, where they can read about the pursuit and achievement of a long term relationship. Yes? In the very least, its nice for those of us in the business of writing Romance to know that relationships and the pursuit of them continue to be what inspires both writers and readers alike.

May your muse inspire you to pursue many creative endeavors *g*


Blogger Marissa Alwin said...

Great post, Mari!

Yes, I agree with you. I think happy-ever-afters would be inspiring to readers. I know they continue to do so for me and I’m quite happy with my hubby!

Commitment, everlasting love, and happiness. What’s not to dream about?


12/20/2006 4:08 PM  
Blogger FeyRhi said...

I read this genre for the HEA's. That is why I love them. No HEA's and I figure I might as well read the newspaper. *G*

12/25/2006 8:30 PM  

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