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        Guilty Pleasures: Hunky Heroes, Steamy Sirens and the Psychology of the People Who Read About Them

        In this lesson from POV, students will watch documentary video clips that provide a case study of a woman who reads modern-day romance novels and tries to recreate a fantasy from a novel in her real life. Students will break down and analyze her behavior, and then use a psychological theory of motivation to explain it. The video clips in this lesson are from the film Guilty Pleasures, a documentary that offers a perceptive look at the world of the romance novel by profiling five people involved in it. The roles of these five vary widely, and through them the film reveals the deeper personal and social meaning of the genre's allure.

        I Discovered This Dreamworld in Books

        Every four seconds a romance novel published by Harlequin or its British counterpart, Mills & Boon, is sold somewhere in the world. Guilty Pleasures takes an amusing and touching look at this global phenomenon. Ironies abound in the contrasts between the everyday lives of the books’ readers and the fantasy worlds that offer them escape. Guilty Pleasures portrays five romance devotees who must, ultimately, find their dreams in the real world. In this clip, Hiroko, one of the protagonists of Guilty Pleasures, describes how romance novels led her to ballroom dancing.

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        He Has the Look of the Heroes

        In this clip, Hiroko describes her ballroom dance teacher and what she idealizes about him.

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        This Must be a Dream

        In this clip, Hiroko's husband describes his desire to have more children, but understands that it cannot happen at this moment because it would interrupt Hiroko's dancing.

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