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What is Romance?

Exactly what is a romance novel?

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Comment from Brett Matthew West
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Romance is not my cup of tea. However, you do write the genre well. My review is full of questions more than a regular review would be. Some of them noted:

-Does Romance always have to contain a happy ending? Real life does not, particularly in relationships.

-Easy to see why sex sells the most. Human nature.

-Would like to know the sources this information came from.

-Any particular reason you did not address Romance as a noun?

Keep writing what you create. You do it well.

 Comment Written 10-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 10-Aug-2022
    Thank you for the kind review. If there are any other questions, please let me know. I had a very long reply for you, but my computer froze, and I lost it all. Yes, all traditional romances novels need a happy ending or at least allude to one. The reason is the audience. Most people read them to escape from reality. Most of my sources were the Romance Writers of America. It's the top dog in romance writing. I addressed romance as a noun, not a verb. Here it is as a verb. It really doesn't add anything to what I was saying.
    romance verb
    romanced; romancing
    Definition of romance (Entry 2 of 4)
    intransitive verb

    1: to exaggerate or invent detail or incident
    2: to entertain romantic thoughts or ideas
    transitive verb

    1: to try to influence or curry favor with especially by lavishing personal attention, gifts, or flattery
    2: to carry on a love affair with
Comment from SLMorrical
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Thank you for the journey back. I always wondered how to writ a romance novel and have made many notes for writing one. I always like reading what you write. I always look forward to your reviews. I will be refereeing to this as I try to write a romance novel.

 Comment Written 06-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 06-Aug-2022
    Thank you for the kind review.
Comment from Jasmine Girl
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Thanks for the definition. I will have to keep this one for future reference. I'm actually a romance writer. My two published novels are romance novels:
Last Kiss In Tiananmen Square: Historical Romance
Chinese Lolita: A linked short story collection that has many romantic short stories.

Thanks for the useful information.

 Comment Written 06-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 06-Aug-2022
    Thank you for the kind review.
reply by Jasmine Girl on 06-Aug-2022
    I have posted a few chapters of a new Romance called "A Genius' Assistant" that was a fantasy/romance involving working for the famous Elon Musk. I should keep working on it because he has turned into a romantic person, I wish him to.
reply by the author on 06-Aug-2022
    Sounds good.
Comment from K.L. Rockquemore
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This is a fascinating write!!
I had very little knowledge regarding romance novels/ genre, up until now at least.
This post is informative and detailed.
I didn't realize the category distinctions within the Romance genre.
Erotica seems like the clear favorite with readers. I mean sex does sell, like it not not:)
I can not comment on your novels, as I have not read them.
But I can comment on how terrific is post is, very well done!!


 Comment Written 06-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 06-Aug-2022
    Thank you for the kind review.
Comment from Carolyn Dooley
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Romance appears to be the winner. From the beginning, there have been many stories. Certain cultures plan many relationships. Some were formed through deceit. Evil stems from money.

There are some people who fake their love and happiness. I appreciate you sharing this.

 Comment Written 05-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 05-Aug-2022
    Thank you for the kind review.
reply by Carolyn Dooley on 05-Aug-2022
    You are welcome.
Comment from judiverse
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This is very interesting. The romantic thriller is my favorite of the categories you mention. Mary Higgins Clark's novels are great examples of romantic thrillers. I'm sorry she's no longer around. Maybe you can take her place. I think I'd put yours in the romantic suspense category, as you always add elements of suspense. She never used vulgar language, there were no steamy sex scenes, and there was always a happy ending. Your points are very clear and well presented. judi

 Comment Written 04-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 05-Aug-2022
    Thank you for the kind review.
reply by judiverse on 05-Aug-2022
    You're welcome. It's interesting that there's such a variety of romance fiction. I don't read much romance fiction except yours. I read everything by Mary Higgins Clark. Some of her last, she wrote with another woman, but I don't think she has carried on the series. judi
Comment from Tpa
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I enjoyed your journey very much. It gave me much information about this genre. I write and self-publish crime stories. My attempt towards romance isn't flaring as much as I want. I follow your work, and this article had given me the fuel to try again.

 Comment Written 04-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 04-Aug-2022
    Please try again. Thank you for this kind review.
Comment from eliz100
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This piece was very informative. I like having definitions of things. The earnings were quite surprising. The picture matches the topic. Thanks for the information.

 Comment Written 04-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 04-Aug-2022
    Thank you for the kind review.
Comment from Pam (respa)
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-You did a good job with this, barbara.
-I read a lot of romance novels, mostly
positive ones without the explicit sex.
-I was introduced to a newer writer,
Sariah Wilson, and she writes the sexiest
books without getting into the physical act.
-I like you organized this, beginning with
definitions of romance, the elements, and the genres.
-After following your story, I would say you
have a correct assessment of the genre you write in.
-Just for interest, I also enjoy books by Jude Deveraux,
and have read a lot of Nora Roberts over the years.
-Who are a few writers you like?

 Comment Written 04-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 04-Aug-2022
    Thank you for the kind review. I do like Nora Roberts.
reply by Pam (respa) on 04-Aug-2022
    You are welcome, and thanks for sharing. We are reading her newest trilogy. Another small bit of trvia; she and I are the same age, born in 1950.
reply by the author on 04-Aug-2022
    I was born in 1954. A little younger but not much.
reply by Pam (respa) on 04-Aug-2022
    It is about the same! Thanks for sharing.
Comment from Jay Squires
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You've written a thorough and entertaining tutorial on the Romance genre in all its aspects. Fanstory romance writers could learn something by studying your exposition. I'm trying to remember any men who wrote romances on Fanstory. Of the women (besides you) there was ... oh, and I'm not going to remember her name, but she left about 2 or 3 years ago and she was from England. She wrote primarily Victorian romances. I know as soon as I push send, her name will pop in my head.) Of course, Sandra Mitchell writes several kinds of subgenre romances, with a lot of time-bouncing. The two of you are the best that Fanstory can offer.

I only found one tiny -- not even spag -- thingy that I'm sure others have mentioned: "I do miss my counter parts." Counterparts should be combined.

Great job, Barbara.

Jay

 Comment Written 03-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 04-Aug-2022
    I will fix counterparts. Thank you for the kind review.