Happy Valentine's Day!
What...you're not a fan?! Whether or not you have a sweetie with whom you're celebrating, I'd argue that Valentine's Day is worthwhile. It's an optimistic holiday, one that speaks to humanity's faith in itself. A holiday that celebrates the fact that, no matter what else may happen in the world on a day-to-day basis, love will find a way to thrive over the long haul.
This optimistic view is also why I believe we need romance novels. Yes, they're often described by the highfalutin' as fluffy, worthless, or mindless. However, my guess is that those who describe romance novels in that manner either haven't read one or completely missed the point when they did. There's a time and place for everything, including entertainment that's optimistic and carries the message that love triumphs, and that's the need romances fulfill.
For those make the case far more eloquently than I do, check out today's issue of USA Today. A group of romance authors all speak to why we need romance novels.
Now...go forth and have a Happy Valentine's Day. Make a list of what you have to look forward to in your life. If nothing else, celebrate the fact that tomorrow the chocolate goes on sale at stores everywhere.