Romance is a literary genre that focuses on the romantic relationship between the hero and the heroine and ends in a "happily ever after," often with the marriage of the two main characters. An important principle in romance is "the obstacle," a conflict between the two characters that will keep them apart until the very end of the novel. Romance has many different subgenres, categorized by setting (contemporary, gothic, historical, regency, western) or content (erotic romance, F/F romance, M/M romance, paranormal, and romantic suspense).
The romance subgenres seen here reflect most, but not all, of what's being published today. Book Country's genre map will continue to change as new literary categories emerge and others fall out of fashion. If you write romance novels, explore the different subgenres to connect with other like-minded writers, workshop, and publish your book.