Year 11 ATAR English - Short Stories
Romantic Fiction

Define Love Fiction

Definition of Romantic Fiction 

Here we take a brief look at the definition of Romantic Fiction, and as a genre, to say that it is popular is a huge underestimation.

Literary snobs may have always been rude about romantic fiction, yet romantic fiction is not only one of the most popular forms of fiction we have, it is one of the oldest and most distinguished. If you count the medieval verses of courtly love, it pre-dates the novel by several centuries; if you count Classical literature, then the poems of Catullus and Sappho, Virgil's Aeneid and even the Odyssey could count.

To explore further into the definition: "A romance is a work in which the plot centers around a love relationship. The plot line must be substantial enough for the reader to maintain interest from chapter to chapter. In other words, the reader must be able to say when reading the book, "I care about these people and what happens to them. I want the best for them, despite the personal and circumstantial obstacles that war to keep them apart."

The genre of Romantic Fiction has two strict criteria: The first is that the story must focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people. Secondly, the end of the story must be positive, leaving the reader believing that the protagonists' love and relationship will endure for the rest of their lives.

Characteristics of Love Ficton

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