What is a romance novel?A novel with a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending (either happily-ever-after or happy-for-now).
SubgenresA romance novel may also fit into a subgenre or two. To properly belong to a subgenre, the elements unique to the subgenre must be present and integral to the plot. In other words, the story would not work if those elements are removed.
- Contemporary - novels set from the 1950s to present day
- Erotic - novels that include explicit sexual interaction
- Historical - novels set prior to the 1950s
- Paranormal - novels that include aspects of fantasy or science fiction
- Inspirational - novels that include religious or spiritual beliefs
- Suspense - novels that include aspects of suspense, mystery or thriller
- Youth Adult - novels that feature young adults
TropesA romance trope is a plot device used to bring lovers together in a story.
According to Romance Writers of America (in a 2014 survey), the top ten most popular romance tropes are:
- Friends to lovers
- Soul Mate / Fate
- Second chance at love
- Secret romance
- First love
- Strong hero / heroine
- Reunited lovers
- Love triangle
- Sexy Billionaire / Millionaire
- Sassy heroine