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  I Know What It Is When I Read It: Defining the Romance Genre
The mystery genre is based on the same assumption, only there it's a moral justice, a sense of fair play in human legal interaction: because the good guys risk and struggle, the murderers get punished and good triumphs in a safe world.
So in romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice, unconditional love in an emotionally safe world.
So we tried “A romance is a love story that ends in emotional justice.” Somehow that wasn't quite the note we wanted to strike, especially since, as someone pointed out, emotional justice could leave both of the protagonists dead on the linoleum with the cockroaches.
www.jennycrusie.com /essays/definingromancegenre.php   (1148 words)

  Romance (Tragi-comedy)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The modern term "romance" refers to a new kind of play, a hybrid of comic and tragic elements, developed and popularized by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher between 1607 and 1613 (their Philaster, 1609, is typical of the genre).
Like comedies, Romances tend to end with weddings, but the focus is less on the personal happiness of bride and groom (the culmination of an individual passion) than on the healing of rifts within the total human community.
But Romance characters are not meant to be psychologically credible; their experiences have symbolic significance extending beyond the limits of their own lives and beyond rational comprehension.
cla.calpoly.edu /~dschwart/engl339/romance.html   (851 words)

 Katie Dunneback :: Novelist :: Romance: A Reader/Writer's POV
In fact, romance brings a whole other layer to this statement because, although the genre is one for women written by women, the strongest opponents to it are women.
That is part of what romance is about: a person's relationship with the world and those that people his or her immediate circle.
Within mainstream romance, the primary person is a woman, and her primary relationship is with a man. But there are romances out there that speak to the gay and lesbian relationship.
www.dunneback.com /writing/wip/450KK.html   (1450 words)

 Self Publishing: Romance Novel Genre Sales and Printing
I've seen estimates on the web that romance genre sales account for over half of total book sales, but that is a mistake based on a misreading and is a good 2000% too high.
If your ambition as a romance writer is to win the lottery, this blog isn't going to help you because I write mainly about clawing your way up to making a living writing and self publishing.
The problem with my model when it comes to the romance genre is that romance novel buyers are accustomed to mass market pricing.
www.fonerbooks.com /2006/07/romance-novel-genre-sales-and-printing.html   (505 words)

 Romance novels, books, authors and reviews - Houston
A former Miss Texas has trouble maintaining poise when her exquisite, anonymous one-night lover turns out to be her soon-to-be ex’s divorce attorney in this funny and engaging tale of romance, murder and really great shoes.
Newbie Bethany True reveals the truth about beauty queens, who she’d play in the story of her life, and just what makes her go from nice to naughty.
A staunch advocate for the romance genre, author and columnist Michelle Buonfiglio is fascinated by happy endings and Fabio book covers...
www.click2houston.com /romance/index.html   (240 words)

 Genre Fiction
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Romance On A Deserted Island - Or Is It?
Penny Marshall wanted to move to Lakeview (a fictitious city) because she wanted to escape from her present circumstances, which reminded her of her past.
www.genrefiction.net   (2125 words)

 Romance In Many Shades and Colors   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Perhaps this is what that is happening all along, for the books with the biggest buzz among romance readers last year are a time-travel bittersweet book marketed as fiction, a sequel to a historical romance set in Russia and Europe, and a book about a female werewolf and her mythical creature buddies.
Sure, it loses out to Kensington in the erotic romance trend, but it is the first to capitalize on the chick-lit craze and it is also flexible enough to allow its Red Dress Ink authors to experiment and expand the scope of "chick-lit" to involve broader elements imported from mainstream women's fiction.
The lines between mainstream women's fiction and contemporary romance are blurring late 2003 when authors begin experimenting with various voices and styles, but for some reason publishing houses are beating these authors to conform to the same old smalltown drama or smalltown comedy schtick once more today.
www.mrsgiggles.com /books/soapbox/romance_shades.html   (1084 words)

 Authors on the Web - 2004 Romance Author Roundtable
I feel publishers have embraced romance as the cash cow that it is. To be honest, I think the stigma itself isn't perpetuated by the industry so much as by a small majority of the public --- those literary snobs who bash romance novels but have never read one.
As for subgenres of romance, no I don't think the subgenres are an attempt to eliminate the stigma attached to romance.
Romance novels have evolved to such an extent that the old images are laughable.
www.authorsontheweb.com /features/0402-romance/romance-q7.asp   (1894 words)

 Writing Romance - Fiction Writing
Romance is a very popular genre with a large readership base eagerly on the look out for new books, both by established and new authors.
Romance is popular because almost every teenage girl is hormonally tuned in to the themes of love, seduction, courtship, partnership, and marriage, and also the opposing experiences of betrayal, heartbreak, and loss.
Some readers love their romance to be between a human and an immortal, super- or un-natural, or otherworldly being, such as a vampire, ghost, or alien.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art5603.asp   (696 words)

A romance is tightly packed -- the first meeting of the hero and heroine lays the groundwork for their attraction and their complex personalities.
Romances range from sweet to steamy, and it's your job to understand the nuance of the industry.
Another aspect of the romance genre is that it has changed dramatically in last 15 years.
groups.msn.com /RomanceWritingTips/romancegenrestudy.msnw   (1356 words)

 Authors on the Web - Romance Author Roundtable
Romance novelists deal with it all the time, but it's usually from laypersons, not from anyone actually in the industry.
Occasionally, I meet someone who frowns upon the romance genre thinking it degrades women.  Usually, they haven't read contemporary romance and are surprised to learn that the characters are often professionals who faced real life issues.
Historical romance used to be the norm, what people thought of when they thought of romance novels.
www.authorsontheweb.com /features/0202-romance/romance-q7.asp   (2103 words)

 Gaelen Foley, Best-Selling Author of Historical Romance   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Brumback (three cheers for her!) proved that a reporter really can write an article about the romance genre without making a single snide comment - more proof that our genre is finally getting the respect it deserves.
Though this is a genre for women, by women, about women, numerous feminist academics earned their tenure by hanging the proverbial scarlet letter around romance writers' necks.
Sure, the romance genre is a major force in the publishing industry.
www.gaelenfoley.com /index-06romance.html   (499 words)

 The Different Types of Romance
One of the benefits of reading books in the romance genre is the wide variety of characters, time periods, and plots that are available to the voracious reader.
For those who are new to the genre, it can be overwhelming to peruse the wide range of authors, series, and publishers to find the exact book you are seeking.
As it relates to this discussion, "romance" is the genre and sub-genre is the type of fiction within romance.
www.theroseandthornezine.com /Fall04/73DifferentRomance.html   (590 words)

 Sequential Tart - A Comics Industry Web Zine: The T&A Issue (Volume II, Issue 2, February 1999)
Romance novels are inherently directed at the internal feelings of the characters.
While a romance novel can have an entire chapter in which the heroine does nothing but think about the problems she has with the hero, a comics issue featuring the same scene would be boring to look at (and boring to draw, come to think of it).
I hope the recent, successful forays into the romance genre encourage comics publishers to take a look at increasing the number of romantic titles.
www.sequentialtart.com /archive/feb99/romance.shtml   (569 words)

 Laura Baker - Are the Rules of Romance Nonexistent - Article
There are cowboy romances, Indian romances, romances with suspense and romances with mystery, even romance with horror.
Romance readers didn't seem to think so, as they purchased, without guns to their heads, record numbers of the book.
One of the great risks of a genre is stagnation for fear of violating certain rules.
members.aol.com /lbaker10/art_rules_of_romance.htm   (905 words)

 SAPL: Focus Fiction - Romance Genre
The Romance Club - Contains author biographies and interviews with "guest authors", chapter previews from forthcoming books, radio interviews with authors, and messageboards.
Romance Novels Series and Sequels - A comprehensive listing of not only the titles within an author's own series, but also the titles and authors for publishers' series as well.
Romance Reader - The Romance Reader, updated regularly, offers reviews of new books and news about authors of the genre.
www.sanantonio.gov /LIBRARY/fiction/fic_Romance.asp   (274 words)

 Have We Got a Story For You - Romance $ells   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
This award is given to a bookseller who has taken special care to promote romance fiction in his or her store.
The relationship between the romance genre and booksellers is a marriage made in heaven.
So many libraries have discovered the success of popular genre fiction in their collections--not to be excluded from those collections is romance--the most popular of all genre fiction.
storyforu.com /romance_sells.htm   (400 words)

 RIC Anniversary
African-American romance is the fastest growing segment of the genre.
Romance in Color was a welcome addition to information about Black romances.
The result is a wide range of opinions on Black romances and cumulative, rather than a "one-person's opinion" approach to ratings and at looking at our participation in the genre.
www.romanceincolor.com /featuremthanniversary.htm   (526 words)

 USATODAY.com - Strong, sexy women save the day, get their man   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Strong, sexy heroines who save the day and then pick their own man are seducing the romance genre.
Not your average bodice-ripper: The heroines in a new genre of romance novels are smart and tough enough to take down anyone who gets in their way.
Though romance novels remain the top-selling genre of paperback fiction, a dip in sales in the past couple of years — market share was 48.8% in 2003 compared with 54.1% in 1999 — has publishers and authors rethinking the romance-novel protagonist.
www.usatoday.com /life/books/news/2004-10-25-romance-novels_x.htm   (769 words)

 Romance & History
The Historical Romance genre is one of largest paperback markets in the world.
Romance novelists have successfully combined the fiction and non-fiction for centuries.
The history of countries in the world is limitless to a historical romance author.
www.romanceeverafter.com /romance_&_history.htm   (630 words)

 Access Romance - Articles
Writing in multiple genres requires researching and understanding the pacing of that new area you, as a writer, have decided to explore.
For example, in romance, the readers want the hero and heroine to come together as soon as possible, the obstacles the couple must overcome has to be substantial and plausible… and in the end, that couple has to have formed an unbreakable bond of true love.
Here’s a real example: I cut my teeth in the romance genre, and I personally like things to tie up neat in the end, the good guys to win, and the characters who are good to triumph.
www.accessromance.com /articles/banks_multiple.php   (1296 words)

 Karen Harley Romance Author Genre Fiction Article
It was accepted to the Romance Writer's Report, the magazine published by the Romance Writers of America, but got bumped from the queue at the last minute.
Romance has its defenders, though progress is slow-going; secondhand bookstores that have no trouble maintaining healthy mystery and speculative fiction sections remain reluctant to take them on, in part because
It’s worth noting that each genre has intrinsic expectations associated with it and conventional ways of clueing in the reader, to which outsiders are not immediately sensitive.
www.karenharley.net /genrearticle.html   (3645 words)

 Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Young Romance
In one way or another, romance has been part of the comic book scene since the comics became a mass medium.
For the fact that the genre got into comics at all, we can thank the extraordinary team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, who also excelled in superheroes like Blue Bolt, westerns like Boys Ranch and just about every other genre they tried.
They reasoned any genre that popular ought to be able to support a comic book or two, provided the comics were visually appealing and had solid, engaging stories — and since their studio happened to be an industry leader in packaging comic books of that description, they simply made one.
www.toonopedia.com /yromance.htm   (805 words)

 Entertainment & Arts, Humanities, Books and Writing, Genres, Romance,   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
This ring is for the romantic at heart, the one who can see the pure essence of romance, and to those who still believe in "moonlight and roses".
Romance Around the World exists to promote romance novels and the industry in a positive manner.
This ring is open to all officially recognized chapters of RWA (Romance Writers of America®).
dir.webring.com /rw?d=Entertainment___Arts/Humanities/Books_and_Writing/Genres/Romance   (538 words)

 Whatever happened to romance comics?
Heaven knows there are enough romance comic stories that are begging to be mocked, but the stories they chose are actually all pretty readable, and defy the editorial tone.
Apart from this kind of occasional reprint volume, if you want to read romance comics today, you have to track down the originals, and the best place I have found to do that is eBay, "your personal trading community"™.
Of course, the same can be said of every genre of any medium, but I think the biggest problem in the romance comics was the fact that the stories were being written mostly by men in their forties and fifties.
www.matt-thorn.com /comicology/romance   (1542 words)

So it stands to reason that the more interesting and engaging your characters are, the more interesting and riveting your story itself will be.
This can be a tough challenge, particularly in the romance genre, because so many times readers who like the genre formula also like certain "stock" characters.
It's a contemporary romance, and our hero and heroine met in the worst possible way-they got into a fender bender in a parking lot, at their local motor vehicles office.
www.author-network.com /romanceqa1.html   (1152 words)

 Main Page - RomanceWiki
We welcome contributions from everyone who loves romance, from authors to readers (yes, this means editors, publishers, reviewers, scholars, and everyone else as well).
Rosalind Brett - As we've been researching the early movers and shakers of the romance novel genre, the name Rosalind Brett came up many times.
An early superstar of the genre, she typified the books she wrote: independent and smart.
www.romancewiki.com /Main_Page   (202 words)

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