Writing Romance: Why I do it

A friend of mine asked me why I like romance so much, specifically, why I like writing romance. So, lets go a little deeper into why I like writing about romance.

What is Romance?

Well, according to Google, the definition of romance is “a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love”. Isn’t that what we are all looking for? A little excitement and mystery? I mean, each individual has their own definition as to what excitement or mystery means to them. To me, finding someone that has the same dreams, passions, and a sense of humor is excitement enough. Others may want more.

This is where Romance novels come into play. Besides the fact that romance offers some hope or dream for some, it can come in many different forms. For instance, there is at least eleven different sub genres for a romance novel to qualify in (I am not including LGBTQ+ as a subgenre simply because it shouldn’t need one all on its own; it shouldn’t matter what gender the lovers are in the book, only that there is love between them), and more emerging all the time.

Romance Subgenres:

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  • Billionaire – where the MC falls in love with a very wealthy lover
  • Comedy – think of the amazing rom-com movies. Books can fall in this category as well.
  • Contemporary – Modern day romance
  • Erotic – Where the main characters develop their romance through sexual encounters.
  • Fantasy – includes magical, supernatural, science fiction elements in the story
  • Historical – any romance novel where the time period is before the 1940’s
  • New Adult – Where characters are in the 18-30 age group
  • Paranormal – Think Twilight; vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, etc.
  • Sport – where sports is the central theme
  • Suspense – plot involves suspense/mystery
  • Young Adult – for young adults between the ages of 12-18

Plenty of different avenues to start. Then, with romance novels, you also get into the aspect of tropes. Now, the definition of a romance trope is: a plot, theme or character used so often that it has become a convention within the genre. One example of a trope is enemies turned lovers. That one is a classic.

Google it. There are literally hundreds of commonly used tropes, for any novel type. And I hate to say this, but romance sells. It doesn’t matter who you are. Anyone is looking for a good romance novel to read. And frankly, almost EVERY book you read has some kind of romance in it. Even JRR Tolkien included romance in his Lord of the Rings trilogy. Harry Potter had his share as well. I mean, who wasn’t rooting for Ginny from the beginning?

These are all reasons why I choose romance to write about. It is everywhere. Everyone needs it. Some may not be magical, suspenseful, or exciting, but everyone deserves to have a romance story, even if it is fictional.

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