“that mixture of the familiar and unfamiliar”

June 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

What is romance? I find GKC’s definition particularly appealing. He says it is “the need for that mixture of the familiar and unfamiliar” (Orthodoxy, p.4).

I was staring at the cross one day during mass, when I thought how nice it would be if I could write a story about such a romance. C.S.Lewis has some part to play in this. He wrote Chronicles of Narnia and meant it to be enjoyed first as a novel on its own, without the reader interpreting too much upon the christian themes. Similarly, I could write a story on such a romance, which could stand on its own, but upon the reader’s later pondering of the story during her journey as a christian, she would find parallels, thus encountering new things in what is already familiar.  

I think that idea is romantic already– to know a story, and be familiar with it, and yet to always find different ways the story resonates in one’s life.

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