Romance: Romance Novel, Shipping, Harlequin Enterprises, Historical Romance, Romance Writers of America, Love at First Sight, Embracing Love

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 152 pages
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 38. Chapters: Romance novel, Shipping, Harlequin Enterprises, Historical romance, Love at first sight, Romance Writers of America, Love letter, Heart, Romantic fantasy, Mills & Boon, Hypergamy, Regency romance, Love coupon, Samhain Publishing, Florence Nightingale effect, Eligible bachelor, Lovers' lane, Kimani Press, Westernesse, Men's romantic fiction, World War II Postal Acronyms, S.W.A.L.K.. Excerpt: The romance novel is a literary genre developed in Western culture, mainly in English-speaking countries. Novels in this genre place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending." Through the late 20th and early 21st centuries, these novels are commercially in two main varieties: category romances, which are shorter books with a one-month shelf-life, and single-title romances, which are generally longer with a longer shelf-life. Separate from their type, a romance novel can exist within one of many subgenres, including contemporary, historical, science fiction and paranormal. One of the earliest romance novels was Samuel Richardson's popular 1740 novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, which was revolutionary on two counts: it focused almost entirely on courtship and did so entirely from the perspective of a female protagonist. In the next century, Jane Austen expanded the genre, and her Pride and Prejudice is often considered the epitome of the genre. Austen inspired Georgette Heyer, who introduced historical romances in 1921. A decade later, British company Mills and Boon began releasing the first category romance novels. Their books were resold in North America by Harlequin Enterprises Ltd, which began direct marketing to readers and allowing mass-market merchandisers to carry the books. It is often claimed that the modern romance genre w...

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