Is this really romance?

So… to parody on a lot of clichés, I wrote several chapters of a bad boy / bad girl / love triangle / magic high school story. As writing smut or anything related to intercourse makes me highly uncomfy, there’s only one scene in the eight chapters so far that comes remotely close to kissing, and writing that was very awkward. That said, I will have a love triangle thing and romance will be kind of a theme.

Can I really call that romance?

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If Romance is the main theme, then yes, it’s definitely a romance. It also sounds like it could potentially be teen fic, but in the end it comes down to how you wanna market it.

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With the new tag thing, there’s no real genres anymore, you just tag whatever is relevant – in this case, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance and Teen Fiction, because all of it is prominent

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Yes, I don’t think romance is all about the physical aspect. It’s important, of course, but not as important as the love characters charter between each other without any touch. But that’s just my take at it :woman_shrugging:

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It might be romance, but it might not be “erotic romance.” Not sure if that makes sense. The distinction seems to be what often missed by men whom call romance “Pornography for women.” No, that would be erotica. Please stop being a prick.

Pornography for women is erotica, not romance. I think the (straight traditional) men are just jealous there isn’t that same distinction between romance and erotica in their own work.

And really, only in the US. Japan has “Boy’s Love.”

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Well then it should be easy picking really. I don’t know how important the genres are. But one tip I can give ya, sine now the genres don’t show anymore: write them at the top of the blurb.

I have for example Dark Fantasy - Adventure - Romance - LGBTQ+
That has worked pretty well for me, actually.

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I hadn’t even thought that to be an option… huh. Good thinking

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Sure sounds like romance to me! I too wrote a parody, only mine is a parody of those Fabio romance novels in the 1990s, not to mention Highlander novels. There’s no kissing or anything in mine either, but that just makes it clean romance. Romance is still romance, though, even if it’s clean, so yours sounds legit. As long as it has a happily ever after, or at least a happily for now, then it should be good. :heart:애!:heavy_heart_exclamation::heart:

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Let’s just say love interest #1 watched her shower and groped her - only hours after the two meeting. Now she wants to neuter him. :slight_smile: (And she probably will, given the chance. Abuse/perverted guys is not okay)

Guy two is nice and caring, but from what I’ve seen from other books, people always seem to bank on the mean guy.

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Changed my blurb to match the plot more and say
“Teen Fiction | Romance | Fantasy”
on top. Is that good?

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If that fits, then definitely! :smile:

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If it’s about two people falling in love, then it’s definitely romance…:slight_smile: As for you feeling uncomfrotable with certain things, as you’ll continue to write your story and be better at it, that will fade away.

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I agree. It’s about the chemistry between the two characters.

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Georgette Heyer is still considered one of the premier Regency Romance writers and she often never had a kiss until the end of the story - and it was never beyond a kiss.

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That is a relief. Because mine won’t even really kiss.

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Romance is about a ‘romantic’ relationship. I’ve read some romances where there is very little physical contact between the parties. You don’t have to touch someone to love them - or to be ‘in love’ with them.

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