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Though they follow the basic "boy meets girl" plot, there is much room for variety. The plots and characters, the settings, and the characters can vary as much as within mystery novels. To make things more confusing, some categories have subcategories, which in turn have further varieties.
So the romance genre, supposedly full of books that all "sound alike," really resembles a tree with branches going off into many directions.
As if that weren't enough, there are categories within categories and some subcategories such as humorous or romantic suspense that can be found within all categories.
One thing I want to get out of the way right now is that romance novels do not necessarily have sex in them. For example, Regency romances often tell a love story without so much as a passionate kiss. Even when they do have sex scenes, the best romances are not about sex, they are about love.
So think of them as love scenes,not sex scenes, and you'll have a better understanding of the genre as a whole. Historical Romance As you might guess, historical romance novels take place in the past. It's not so easy, though. For one thing, Regency romances see below take place in the past, but they don't fall into this category.
Also, within historical romances, books can use varying amounts of history as their background. Some historicals use the setting as a "wallpaper" while others are in depth. As if that weren't enough, the moods and plots of the books vary widely from humorous to deadly serious.
Mystery and intrigue plots are often popular. Also, while some historical romances have dollops of sex, others have only a few love scenes or even none at all. If you decide to write historical romances, be warned that publishers simply aren't interested in some periods.
Something of an exaggeration, but not too far off. Yet even when books are set in the same era, they can be as different as night and day. Yet Julia Quinn writes romps with clever banter, while Anne Stuart writes about tragic, driven characters who sometimes betray each other before finding redemption.
Contemporary Romance As you might expect, contemporary romances are set in the present. At this time, popular trends include humorous romances and romantic suspense. Romantic suspense is big enough to get its own category in this article. That could change any minute now.
Besides, many writers aren't afraid to tackle serious stories about characters recovering from abuse or alcoholism, people coping with life-changing events, and so forth.
That said, tearjerkers where somebody dies at the end are published as woman's fiction rather than romance. For more suggestions, check out the Romantic Suspense listings. Category Romances Category romances also known as series romances are a special type all their own.
The major publishers are Harlequin and Silhouette, although some other publishers have dabbled in this field. All but one of the lines are contemporary. Category romances are shorter than the typical contemporary romance. Like other types of romances, they can be dramatic, humorous, sexy, or mysterious.
Before submitting to one of the lines, you must read their guidelines and read the books within that line. Many writers start out writing category romance and go on to longer "single-title" romances. A single-title book is a romance that is not part of a series.
Authors who have gone on from category romances to bestsellerdom include Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, and Elizabeth Lowell.Start studying Gothic Literature Adjectives. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.
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