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message 1: by Mandy (last edited Oct 07, 2010 10:55AM) (new)

Mandy Glover | 576 comments Provided via Wikipedia: I've also included a book as an example.

The largest of the romance novel subgenres, contemporary romance novels are set in the time when they were written, and usually reflect the mores of their time

Vision in White

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Mandy Glover | 576 comments Historical
Historical romance is set before World War II.Many historical romances include contemporary attitudes, as, for example, the heroines often have far more education than was the norm in their time period.

The Bride

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Mandy Glover | 576 comments Erotica
Erotic romance, sometimes called romantica, is a blend of romance and erotica. Erotic romance novels are characterized by strong sexual content, but can contain elements of any of the other romance subgenres. Erotic romance novels tend to use more frank language, avoiding many of the euphemisms used in books with milder content. These novels also usually include more sex scenes, often focusing more on the sex act rather than being a more traditional love scene, and may include more unusual positions or acts.

Lisa's Gift

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Mandy Glover | 576 comments Paranormal
Paranormal romance blends the real with the fantastic or science fictional. The fantastic elements may be woven into an alternate version of our own world in an urban fantasy involving vampires, demons, and/or werewolves, or they may be more "normal" manifestations of the paranormal—humans with psychic abilities, witches, or ghosts. Time-travel, futuristic, and extraterrestrial romances also fall beneath the paranormal umbrella.


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Mandy Glover | 576 comments Urban Fantasy
Urban fantasy is a subset of fantasy defined by place; the fantastic narrative has an urban setting. Many urban fantasies are set in contemporary times or contain supernatural elements.


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Mandy Glover | 576 comments Fantasy
Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting. Many works within the genre take place in fictional worlds where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction in that it does not provide a logical (or pseudo logical) explanation for the scientifically impossible events that occur, though there is a great deal of overlap between the two (both are subgenres of speculative fiction).

Artemis Fowl

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Mandy Glover | 576 comments Romantic Suspense
Romantic suspense involves an intrigue or mystery for the protagonists to solve.[26] Typically, however, the heroine is the victim of a crime or attempted crime, and works with a hero, who tends to be in a field where he would serve as a protector, such as a police officer, FBI agent, bodyguard, or Navy SEAL.[32][33] By the end of the novel, the mystery is resolved and the interaction between the hero and heroine has evolved into a solid relationship.

Wild Card

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Mandy Glover | 576 comments Steam Punk
Steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy.

The Iron Duke

message 9: by UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish, Your Humble Servant (new)

UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish | 8001 comments Oh, this is fabulous, Mandy!!! Great job!

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Bekah (bekah317) | 2750 comments Yes, Mandy, thank you so much!! Great reference to have around the board.

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Mandy Glover | 576 comments If any of you think of more books to add to the genres, especially the UF, SP & F, i'd really appreciate it. I'm not overly familiar with these.

message 12: by UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish, Your Humble Servant (new)

UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish | 8001 comments Another Steam Punk book and really popular would be Soulless, book 1 in the Parasol Protectorate series.Soulless by Gail Carrigar

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Autumn   (sweetdenial) | 1625 comments oh wow!! this is the kamasutra of romance!! i had no clue there were so specific about this genre!!!

and some ppl dare to say romance is the junkie of literature??? what a bluff..!!

thanks so much mandy!! xxxxxxx

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Great job MAndy ! Thanks.

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