Danielle Steel and Romance Analytical Essay by ABCs

Danielle Steel and Romance
This paper looks at the heroines in four of Danielle Steel's novels and discusses the issue of romance.
# 113064 | 1,400 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 17, 2009 in Sociology (General) , Literature (General) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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In this article, the writer introduces, discusses and analyzes the novels "Crossings", "Impossible", "Dating Game" and "The House" by Danielle Steel. Specifically, the writer discusses the heroines of the novels and looks at how they all seem molded from the same character - a female victim who survives all odds to find love. The writer points out that Danielle Steel's novels are often described as all fitting into the same formula plot and action, but she has delved into historical, suspense, and even non-fiction works, as well. The writer maintains that many of Steel's novels are set in the glamorous world of wealth and power, another commonality that includes many of the characters in these four books. The writer concludes that all of the women characters find the man of their dreams, fight to make it work and end up with love.

From the Paper:

"This character is on a journey to find herself, rather than find another man, and that makes her different than most of Steel's characters, who always end up with the man in the end. Paris, instead, adopts a baby, convinced that being a mother is the only thing she can do well, and in the end, does find another man to love, so the book ends on a happy note. Paris has learned how to be happy without a husband and without a man, so she seems better prepared for the future at the end of this book, and she seems like a more well rounded character, too. Most of the men in the book are boors at best, and Andrew enters so late, it is difficult to know much about him, other than he is a decent man and he loves Paris. Compared to Liane, she seems much more mature (of course, she is older), and her romance seems much more settled and believable. Liane falls in love after a short journey with Nick, while Paris falls in love after a dating relationship that is supportive and nurturing. It seems a better foundation for romance, and for a romantic book, too. There is more humor in this book, as well, and some of the characters are quite funny, which makes the book a bit easier to read."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Steel, Danielle. Crossings. New York: Delacorte Press, 1982.
  • --. Dating Game. New York: Delacorte Press, 2003.
  • -- Impossible. New York: Delacorte Press, 2005.
  • -- The House. New York: Delacorte Press, 2006

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