Title: Romance



Location: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre Nora Roberts, Honest Illusions Harlequin Monthly Series Lines

Pagination: 0

Illustrations: - a strong, independent heroine - a hero that must be subdued and won - an instant attraction that endures misunderstanding and a series of awkward encounters - reconciliation and happily ever after

Document Type: Graffiti


According to the RWA, romance must include a love story as the novel's main focus, and have an "emotionally satisfying ending." Within these parameters, the romance takes on a multitude of forms, based on period, heroine, and degree of sexual content, catering to the very particular and personal tastes of the readership. Although romance usually comes to mind as series paperbacks, most often the multitude of imprints put out by Harlequin, romantic novels can be found witihin mainstream fiction as well. Romance is characteristically emotional and reflective; "coming-of-age" themes and family sagas frequently use the conventions of romance as well. (Ed. Note: The images of the Fabio novel and the two Harlequins were taken from books held in the CRC Humanities Computing Studio collection.)