Romantic fantasy

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Abaelard und seine Schülerin Heloisa (English: Abaelard and His Student Heloisa)

Romantic fantasy or Romantasy is a subgenre of fantasy fiction combining fantasy and romance, describing a fantasy story using many of the elements and conventions of the chivalric romance genre.[1]

One of the key features of romantic fantasy involves the focus on relationships, social, political, and romantic.[2] Romantic fantasy has been published by both fantasy lines and romance lines. As a result of the financial success of authors such as Sarah J. Maas and Rebecca Yarros, publishers have been creating imprints to focus on this subgenre.

Some publishers distinguish between "romantic fantasy" where the fantasy elements is most important and "fantasy romance" where the romance are most important.[1] Others say that "the borderline between fantasy romance and romantic fantasy has essentially ceased to exist, or if it's still there, it's moving back and forth constantly".[3]

Examples of romantic fantasy in literature[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Robinson, William C. (October 2004). "A Few Thoughts on the Fantasy Genre". University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Snead, John. "What is Romantic Fantasy?". Green Ronin Publishing. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  3. ^ Fantasy Reviews
  4. ^ Reader's Advice
  5. ^ "Auburn Hills Public Library - Booklist". Archived from the original on 23 February 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Notes from RWA National Conference Panel - 16 July 2009". Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.