Talk:Romance novel

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Genre: Novels and romances[edit]

I find this article confusing. Romance novels are a sub-genre of the Romance, or what is described, at the head of the article, as the "classical Romance novel". I've never seen this term before and it's an odd one, given the roots of the Romance form of novel in the Romantic Movement (and the Gothic novel), and that it is a continuing tradition. I presume "classical" is used here as a synonym for literary fiction. There is a need to clarify the difference between Romances like Ivanhoe, Wuthering Heights, The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, A Glastonbury Romance, etc., and the popular genre fiction "involving love and lust", which are the concern of this article. The disambiguous link to the classical Romance novel, just isn't sufficient. Rwood128 (talk) 16:48, 9 March 2014 (UTC) I think LGBT romance should also be listed as a sub-genre. LGBT issues are becoming more and more relevant and so should their position in works of art.-Rainbowofpeace (talk) 21:38, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

While both Samuel Richardson and Jane Austen wrote novels that explore relationships between men and women, did they write romance novels? Don't most novels do this, especially 19th century novels? If Jane Austen wrote romance novels isn't Lady Chatterley equally a romance novel? Who are the real historical ancestors of this form of genre fiction?Rwood128 (talk) 23:00, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

India?[edit]

I had read that India published (or will publish) the most books in English in the world. And that 50% of them were Romance. This doesn't seem unlikely in a country supporting Bollywood, and deserves mention here, if substantiated. Student7 (talk) 19:01, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

Heterosexism[edit]

This article is extremely heterosexist in not only its defintion of romance novels but there is only really one sentence that addresses LGBT romance.-128.208.76.187 (talk) 04:15, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

Potential other sources[edit]