I recently heard someone on a podcast say that Erotic romance is not considered romance? What? Is this true? Am I the only who feels that they are? I mean yes they filled with sex, sometimes hot nasty sex. But some are very well written and have great stories to them. I when I heard this I was slightly shocked, what else isn’t considered romance? Have I missed something? Because I have read a lot of Erotic romances and while yes there have been lots of sex in them, there have also been great stories to them. It got me thinking I mean when someone is looking for a romance novel the first question we all ask is “tell me what you like” because you can be sure that in our community we can find it for you, or we know someone who can find it for you. But what classifies as a romance? RWA defines Erotic romance as a subgenre. This how they define it.
Erotic Romance: Romance novels in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the love story, character growth and relationship development and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. These novels may contain elements of other romance subgenres (such as paranormal, historical, etc.).
True there are short novellas that just kinky and sex filled from start to finish with not much of a story, but we can find that in most in novellas because they supposed be short quick stories that lack something and leave you wanting more. I have never read a novella that I didn’t turn around and complain about it being too short. But to not consider Erotic Romance, romance?? What about Erotic historical? Or Contemporary? Should we not consider these to be Romance, even when they achieve their HEA.
So that is the Question of the week What do you consider Romance? More importantly what do Not consider Romance.