by Malle, Digital Team Member
We came across a great blogÂ post from Scribbles, in response to a recentÂ Guardian Article on MillsÂ & Boon. Â Scroll down to the Dec 5 post titled Mills & Boon Knows Sex.
The Guardian article covered the pros and cons of M&B, but I think the blogger really delved into the appeal of fantasy that Mills & Boon delivers.Â I especially like her comparision to the current BBC version of Robin Hood where we see and know why Maid Marion is very attracted to Sir Guy of Gisborne.
Here's part of the blog post, but it's worth reading in its entirety.
“This may surprise you dear reader, having come to know me as the no-nonsense woman that you have, but in my time I have read two Mills & Boon books. It was not a predetermined act on either occasion
, but both times I read the book to the end and found it enjoyable.Â Â Â
Had I not read them, then I might have found some merit in Julie Bindel's
argument that these books promote an unhealthy idea to women of how a relationship should be and that the books are “a misogynistic
hate speech”.Â Â Â
As it is, I think Ms Bindel
is bonkers.Â Â Â
The thing about these books is that they are fantasy. People, even women, are allowed to fantasise, and the thing about fantasies is that they are not necessarily something that you would want to happen in real life. They are an exaggeration
of a desire. And desires, unfortunately for the like of Ms Bindel
, do not necessarily adhere to the guidelines of 21st century pseudo-intellectual thinking.” Read more
.Â Â Â
Ah, the ongoing debate between those of us who understand the fantasy versus those who don't. On another note for North American readers of the blog, Richard Armitage, the actor who plays the complex and fascinating Sir Guy also starred in North and South
, a British miniseries that is often compared to Pride and Prejudice. I bought the DVD as soon as I finished watching season one of Robin Hood and loved it!Â Â Â
There will be more articles from editors and authors over the holidays but if you end up looking for DVDs to watch over the holidays do consider North and South and BBC's Robin Hood
! What other movies/tv programsÂ do fellow romance lovers recommend?