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Romance Novels: Stories of Love

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Some genres of novels are considered to be more "literary" than others or are more respected than others. One genre that is often looked down upon by those in the literary world is the romance genre due to the sometimes overly descriptive nature of its story line. However, despite the possible stigma attached to them, romance novels are extremely popular and according to statistical data, accounted for the largest share of types of books sold in the U.S. in 2010.

Romance novels follow a classic form: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. They normally contain flowery descriptions of love, and idealized versions of courting and romance. One publisher - Harlequin - has become famous for only publishing romance novels.

Some examples of romance novels include:

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
The Next Always by Nora Roberts
The Kiss by Danielle Steel
The Sweetest Thing by Barbara Freethy
A Second Chance by Ellen Wolf
Ironically, although romance novels today are often looked down upon, many early romances are considered to be classics. These include:

Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by By Thomas Hardy
A related category of novels has also developed that is often known as "chick-lit." These books are not classic romance novels in that they may deviate slightly from the happy-ending and idealized descriptions of love (although they usually end with a happy ending of some form.).

Some examples of chick-lit books include:

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green
The Next Best Thing: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner
Summerland: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
Mystery/Thriller Novels: Mystery to Solve

Mystery/thriller novels are another sub-category of novels today. This genre features books that set up a mystery that has to be solved. The reader may be given clues to the mystery throughout the course of the book. The purpose of these works is to build suspense.

Some examples of mystery/thriller books include:

V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
Sweet Dreams by James Patterson
The Face: A Novel by Dean Koontz
Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson…...

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