|Synonyms:||love, slash (outdated)|
|See also:||OTP, slash, femslash, het, gen|
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Romance is love categorized as eros, often defined as "emotional love." In fiction, it is a genre describing narratives that are focused on the tension between two (or more) characters before the ultimate cultivation of their relationship; or the dynamic between two (or more) characters after this relationship is already established. Romance is generally associated (though not required) with sex.
Romantic love is relative and, generally speaking, cannot be strictly defined. It is usually recognized with cultural cues, such as chivalry, kissing, wooing, and eventually marriage; and in the realm of fiction writing, described with racing pulses, rapid heartbeats, and fixations not limited to physical features on the object of one's romantic affections. Indeed, the history of romance appearing in narratives may go to the beginning of time, so it's no wonder that in most pop culture stories, mainstream and fannish alike, romantic love is bound to turn up in one way or another.
In fandom, romance often plays opposite to gen, though some may argue that they can coexist. Romance is perhaps the most popular fanfiction genre due to both slash and het (and the underrated femslash) falling into the category.
- Pining/Slow Burn (trope)
- First Time (genre)
- Pretend Couple
- Established Relationship
- Marriage: Marriage of Convenience/Accidental Marriage/Arranged Marriage
- Soul Mates
- Didn't Know They Were Dating
- In Vino Veritas
- Soulbond (trope)
- Identity Porn
- Locked In A Room
- Break Up/Make Up
- Romantic Comedy
- True Love