It’s almost July and I’m wondering what happened to June. Which brings to mind the fact that in July, I’m teaching at the Harriette Austin Writers Conference. I’m going to be talking about writing romance novels . (That’s a good thing since that’s what I write—with a bit of suspense thrown in.)
So, in researching my information, I found some interesting definitions of what a romance novel is. I really got a kick out of the last one.
What is a romance novel?
• As defined by Wikipedia - The romance novel is a literary genre developed in Western culture, mainly in English-speaking countries. Novels in this genre place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending."
• As defined by Romance Writers of America - RWA is a national organization with 8,200 members and describes romance novels as "stories whose main focus is the relationship between a man and a woman. The most important aspect of a romance novel, and what identifies it as such, is the guaranteed happy ending, the establishment of a lifetime commitment between one man and one woman."
• As defined by ANOTHER- fiction genre in which love conquers all, bosoms heave, and cowboys are the best things since sliced bread.
Didn’t that last one make you laugh out loud? Haven’t we come a long way in our writing and storytelling? What I love about Christian Romance novels is that we not only get to weave a story about a woman and a man falling in love, we get to talk about the greatest romantic story ever written. Christ’s love for his bride—us. How cool is that? And it has the best ending EVER.
What do you guys think?