Monday, June 22, 2009
I recently started using a new definition of "romance' (as in, genre romance). A few people seem to think it is a pretty good definition so I had better credit who I stole it from.
Jade Lee, at the Historical Novel Society convention said, to the best of my memory (I don't promise this is word-for-word): "I adore a love story and how love makes them better people ... you show how his love makes her better and the reverse."
Typically romance's key features are seen as a focus on a love story, and a 'happily ever after'. But I think this is just as importance, romance stories are about how love can help us to become better people.