Love is in the air!
The Romance Genre
It’s Valentines Day and the genre topic for the day, you guessed it—Romance.
Nibble on smooth and creamy chocolate kisses from your lover, because you’re oh, so sweet. Inhale the scent of the flaming red roses delivered to your door letting you know how intoxicating you are. Now that’s romance.
According to the Romance Writers of America, all romances have two major elements, the first, a central love story, and secondly, an emotionally satisfying ending. Within those parameters, the stories are like products in the world’s largest candy store ranging from sugary sweet, to red hot SIZZLE!
The settings can vary from ancient history to futuristic, or anywhere in between.
Romance fictions usually are classified into subgenres based on the story’s setting and plot.
- Contemporary Series Romance: A series usually focused on the romantic relationship set after 1945.
- Contemporary-Single Title Romance: An individual title, not as part of a series and set after 1945.
- Historical Romance: Romance novels set in any time period prior to 1945, and taking place in any location.
- Inspirational Romance: Romance novels in which religious or spiritual beliefs are a major part of the romantic relationship.
- Novels with Strong Romantic Elements: A work of fiction in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries.
- Paranormal Romance: Romance novels in which the future, a fantasy world, or paranormal happenings are a major part of the plot.
- Regency Romance: Romance novels in which the majority of the story is set against the Regency period of the British Empire.
- Romantic Suspense: Romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute a major part of the plot.
- Young Adult Romance: Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers.
Rory C. Keel