Maleah Fekete Humanities and Social Science
Social Differences in Taste: Investigating Romance Reading
Formula fiction is a literary structure in which narratives within a genre are predictable, varying only in details, and therefore, rather than reflecting the real world, reflect a reality constructed by the formula itself. This allows works within a formula to appeal to readers’ emotional, as opposed to aesthetic, tastes. I am investigating the relationship between groups of individuals who read certain types of formula fiction (primarily romance), the emotional fulfillment specific formulas provide, and the social structures producing a deficiency of emotional fulfillment that causes readers to seek out those formulas.