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A Guide to the More Common Literary Genres

Romance fiction often has many of the same elements as mystery, fantasy, or science fiction but the emphasis is on the quest for that one special someone. The classic type is usually contemporary in setting with marriage and a home the goals for living happily ever after.

  • Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
  • Sir Philip Sidney, The Arcadia

There is also the Glitzy Romance novel, one that has the international jet-set involved, Hollywood, and high finance. Historical, supernatural, and suspenseful Romances all have those particular elements entwined in their settings.The historical Romance can include Royal or Regency themes and can include family sagas that span a whole series.

  • Harlequin Romance series

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Romance Questions to get you started

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