A few days ago I read an article about a Turkish soap opera called NOOR, wildly popular in the
Notice the 24-year-old Jordanian housewife who advised her husband to learn from the way the hero of the show treats his wife—“how he loves her, how he cares about her.” This example illustrates the fact that romance isn’t just frivolous entertainment; it can change lives. This soap opera, a genre disdained by many people, models respect and romantic love between men and women. The example can inspire us to pause and think about the effect of our work on readers, an impact that may be stronger than we realize. Our writing inevitably reflects our values and may transmit those values to our audience.
Of course, that doesn’t imply we should go out of our way to insert a “moral” into our novels. As was famously said, if you want to send a message, call