No wonder readers--people in general
MEN--get confused. ...
Fantastic or supernatural events?
Full of exaggeration?
That's not what romance is!
I'd like to think that I'm living a romance because my husband does romantic things. When he surprises me with a mini-vacation, sends me cute little text messages, gives me sweet gifts, cleans the house before I get home, kisses me sweetly when I don't expect it... That's romantic, so doesn't it make sense that we're living in a romance story.
Let's take a look at the words that define love:
So why do we define books as contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic comedy, romantic mystery, and romantic thriller.
For the record, I wish there was another word other than "romantic" to describe what I write. Funny that they don't have a genre called "love-suspense novel," since according to the definition, it would work better.
Even though when I think of a "love story," the first thing that comes to my mind is the movie Love Story or Romeo and Juliet, stories that are love stories because the characters fell in love under impossible odds.
But readers don't know that because they see the tag "romance" and they immediately think of a shirtless Fabio sweeping a half-dressed woman off her feet, so I'm not surprised when I read reviews like this one:
By Joey Yagin
Kindle Edition :
I have many reviews like the two I posted above--many of them by men, some of them by women--who shy away from any genre with "romantic" in the title, for fear that it'll be the mushy tales of old, that were described as the romance definition at the top of the page.
A romantic-suspense with a whodunit mystery...
A journey of two souls through tragedies with a romantic-suspense whodunit...
A romantic-suspense with heartbreaking pasts, life-changing events, and evil intentions...
A romantic-suspense with a supernatural edge...
A romantic-mystery with a ghostly edge
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