romantic heroine

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Johanna65, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. Johanna65 Senior Member

    Sweden Swedish
    "She was standing with her back to the house, knowing that with such a backdrop she must look like some splendid romantic heroine."

    Would you English speakers say that "romantic" in this sentence refers to the Romanticism or to romance? Or perhaps it means something like "as from a novel"?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. Dimcl Senior Member

    British Columbia, Canada
    Canadian English
    You're on the right track, Johanna. It's referring to the romanticism of imagination, of idealism, of fantasy. There are many books that contain wildly romantic plots - handsome, muscular men and gorgeous, bosom-heaving woman. They are exaggerated but play to the desires of their readers for "happpily ever after". Here are some definitions of "romantic" from that define the romanticism that you refer to:

    1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of romance; characteristic or suggestive of the world of romance: a romantic adventure. 2.fanciful; impractical; unrealistic: romantic ideas. 3.imbued with or dominated by idealism, a desire for adventure, chivalry, etc.

    This romaticism is usually not realistic but many people find it a good read.:)

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