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Transcript of Romance
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
"For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying. And it is enough."
"Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildfowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the live we live."
- Nora Roberts
Time travel Romance
"And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars."
-Beth Revis 'Across the universe'
“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
- John Green 'The Fault in our Stars'
“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”
- Sarah Dessen 'The Truth About Forever'
development of a romantic relationship through sexual interaction
sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development
removing sex from the story would damage the story line
Historical Romance is set before World war 2 and generally has a heroine with knowledge far greater than was the norm at the time.
There are many sub-genres to historical romance such as Medieval, Pirate, Viking, Americana e.t.c
A Regency Romance novel is a novel which takes place during the British Regency which was from the years 1811 to 1820.
It is a distinct genre as they have their own plot and follow different stylistic conventions.
more traditional Regencies feature a great deal of intelligent, fast-paced dialog between the protagonists
A book called the "novel of manners" is used as a guideline
There are however regency romances that take place as early as the 1800's due to the inability to really pinpoint when the regency period began.
Suspense novels incorporate a sense of tension throughout the book; heart-pounding action, adrenaline-inducing chase scenes, life-threatening situations, and dangerous criminals are all common elements of a suspense novel, along with the essential components of a romance
she first became a legal secratary
after the birth of her sons she became a stay at home mom and did lots of crafts
after a while she needed a new creative outlet and started writing
after that she had a career in writing
she was first published by Silhouette in 1981
In 1997 Janet Dailey another author admitted to reapeatedly Plagurizing Noras work
Nora Sued Janet, janet attributed it to a phycological disorder
Nora gives to the Nora Roberts foundation which supports organisations that support literacy and the Arts
NoraRoberts has been surrounded by men her life, this attributes to her writing as many have marvelled at her ability to delve into the male mind and make their side of the story sound more realistic.
Nora Roberts has also written under a number of Pseudonyms, they are: JD Robbs for the "In Death" series, Sarah Hardesty in theh UK, and Jill March.
Whiskey Beach (GP Putnam, April 2013) was Nora’s 205th book.
Eleanor Marie Robertson Oct 10 1950 - Present
By: Meaghan Cunningham
Kelsey Jensen &
What Romance Sub-Genre Should You be Reading?
Mostly A's - Historical
Mostly B's - Contemporary
Mostly C's - Paranormal
Mostly D's - Multicultural
Fantasy with a focus on different Relationships
(Social, political, romantic)
Either elements (fantasy, romance)
A Discovery of Witches
set after 1945
in present time without any elements of fantasy
set in the time they were written
"I want you, and the thought of anyone else having you is like a knife twist in my dark soul." (E L James)
Is interchangable with Paranormal
“He was the kind of guy that made a woman want to rip his shirt open and watch the buttons scatter along with her inhibitions.” (Sylvia Day)
“A dress is a weapon. It must dazzle his eye, raise his temperature . . . and empty his purse.”
-Scandal wears Satin by Loretta Chase
“Life is a good deal more comfortable if one doesn't expect it to be fair.”
-The Bargain by Mary Jo Putney
Inspirational romance, as the market exists today, combines explicitly Christian themes with the development of a romantic relationship. The story usually talks about the protagonist’s triumph over personal trauma or abuse. As the protagonist deals with his/her personal issues, he/she finds love and restores their faith in the process.
“No. Haven’t you been listening?”
Marcus would always remember that moment. It was to be the first time he would ever be faced with that most vexing of female quirks: the question that had nothing but wrong answers.”
-Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
Focuses on Romance and has elements that cannot be explained by science
Closely related to fantasy
This sub-genre typically features a hero and/or heroine who are African-American (most common), Asian or Hispanic heroes or heroines or interracial relationships. The conflicts that often occur in the stories usually have to do with forbidden love and arguments on rights to freedom.
Examples: Dead Until Dark
Romance set in a futuristic world
Can have either element as the main
Examples: A Long, Long Sleep
“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”
-Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“We eat on that table, you know." (Olivia Cunning)
The only time you're calm, you're centered, you're at peace, is when someone's trying to kill you. And that's just plain twisted.
-The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardener
“In that moment when time stops, it is as though you know you could undertake any venture, complete it and come back to yourself, to find the world unchanged, and everything just as you left it a moment before." (Diana Gabaldon)
Born: January 11, 1952
First book (Outlander) was written on a book-discussion website where she was picked up by an agent
Once the book was finished, it was sent off to multiple publishers and had multiple offers
“Don't you think it's better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?” (Audrey Niffenegger)
The Outlander Series
"Mary Grace Winters knew the only way to save herself and her child from her abusive cop husband was to stage their own death."
-Don't Tell by Karen Rose
The Lord John Series
“Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone,
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done.”
- Diana Gabaldon,
“So, you see, my heart is held forever by this place," she said. "I cannot leave.” (Susanna Kearsley)
Has many elements of erotic romance
with time-travel and historical romance
“Are you okay?" Daniel whispered, his voice soft, his lips so close to hers.
"Yes." She could feel the beating of his wings. "You caught me."
"I will always catch you when you fall.”
About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him-and I didn’t know how potent that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
Somewhere in the center of my soul, a rusty chain began to unwind. It freed itself, link by link, from where it had rested, unobserved, waiting for him. My hands, which had been balled up and pressed against his chest, unfurled with it. The chain continued to drop, to an unfathomable depth where there was nothing but darkness and Matthew. At last it snapped to its full length, anchoring me to a vampire. Despite the manuscript, despite the fact that my hands contained enough voltage to run a microwave, and despite the photograph, as long as I was connected to him, I was safe.
Books by Nora Roberts:
The Bride quartet
In the Garden
multiple time periods
normally contains two different characters time travelling to come together
there is a set purpose behind the time travel
“You are, and always have been, my dream.” (Nicholas Sparks)
The Inns Boonsboro Series
Woo woo, secret vampire stuff!
Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures.
A fierce hand gripped my chest, squeezing my lungs. No. it wasn't my lungs. It was my heart. It was breaking. Wasn't I stronger than this?
What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.
“There’s no such thing as mistakes - only a lack of foresight.” (Susan Elizabeth Phillips)
A romance that deals with desolate, mysterious and grotesque events, and because the protagonists are often mortals (humans) who fall in love with a creature/monster, it makes the story simpler to show the downfall of the lover through the protagonist’s eyes.
“She believes in love and romance. She believes her life is one day going to be transformed into something wonderful and exciting." (Sophie Kinsella)
“No man knows till he experiences it, what it is like to feel his own life-blood drawn away into the woman he loves.”
“Memories, made to last forever”
“We are all imperfect creatures, love. I don't want perfect. I just want you.”
“She could no longer remember what Ambrose looked like, or smelled like, or was like. All she knew was Cassius Clayton McLinn. All she wanted began and ended with him.”
Sci-fi / Futuristic
There are many over laps
we picked twelve
In romance novels it is significant to show the main character's views (for a better understanding of their personality)
The character(s) problems/personal issues can develop to become the plot or generate the rising action in the story
Another way to create some sort of suspense is to give the lovie (The character the main character is attracted to) some mystery
Some writers share both individuals’ views making a "combined role" as a main character. Sometimes causing the reader to prefer one character over the other or in some other cases the reader can be given the "Awe" effect, meaning the reader adores both characters