Hey, fellow WattPaders!
I have a question regarding genre.
My web novel, Dreams of the Dying, is based on a Skyrim Total Conversion I wrote, Enderal. Enderal has attracted a small, but very loyal fandom over the years, with alot of it centering around one of the characters the player could romance.
The novel explores this character’s past. Now, since it takes place in a fictional world with supernatural elements (magic in particular), it probably qualifies as Fantasy first and foremost. However, there are also strong horror and mystery underpinnings as well as a fair share of romance and sex. It’s only a side plot but probably fills 100 pages alone (1st draft), and it also mirrors the central themes of the book - responsibility, lies, how past mistakes influence future actions, etc, so it’s not just a matter of pandering to fans but a substantial element of the story.
Does this qualify the book as romance? If not, when does a book qualify as romance? Only if the overwhelming majority of it deals with relationships and sex? Or is the line more blurred?
Thanks in advance and happy writing!