Friday, July 02, 2010
Even more than science fiction, the subgenres of romance fiction are plentiful. One article lists 15 (Romance Subgenres by Lee Masterson) ranging from glitz or glamour romance to regency, pirate, western or other historical romance subgenres.
To be considered a romance, a novel must meet two criteria. First, it must have a love story as a central plot. Two people meet, struggle with their relationship and ultimately find love. Second, it must have a happy ending. The good guys win; the bad guys get their just rewards.
Contemporary romance is one of the most popular subgenres. Visitors to goodreads.com voted the novels below among the “best ever contemporary romance books.”
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
Paradise by Judith McNaught