According to the Romance Writers of America, "Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending." Both the conflict and the climax of the novel should be directly related to that core theme of developing a romantic relationship, although the novel can also contain subplots that do not specifically relate to the main characters' romantic love. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you.
Other definitions of a romance novel may be broader, including other plots and endings or more than two people, or narrower, restricting the types of romances or conflicts. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.
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Examples would be Outlander, or the Anita Blake series. See our forum FAQ for more information on the group.
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