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Romance terminology

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Book Terminology

Bookstagram: An Instagram account dedicated to books.


Book haul: A video or post showcasing a collection of recently acquired books.


TBR: "To Be Read," refers to the list of books a person plans to read.


Bookish: Anything related to books, including accessories, merchandise, and decor.


Book nerd: Someone who loves to read and is passionate about books.


Book club: A group of people who read and discuss books together.


DNF: "Did Not Finish," refers to a book that a person started but did not complete.


Bookshelfie: A photo of someone's bookshelf.


Reading challenge: A goal to read a certain number of books or complete a specific reading list.


Buddy read: Reading the same book with a friend or group and discussing it together.


ARC: "Advanced Reader Copy," a pre-publication copy of a book that is distributed to reviewers, booksellers, and other industry professionals.

BookTok: The community of book-related content on TikTok.


Reading slump: A period of time when a person struggles to get into or finish a book.


Bookish merch: Products such as bookmarks, candles, and other items inspired by books and reading.

Romance Tropes

Enemies to lovers: Two characters who initially dislike each other eventually fall in love.


Friends to lovers: Two characters who are close friends become romantically involved.


Second chance: Two characters who were previously in a relationship get another opportunity to be together.


Fake relationship: Two characters pretend to be in a romantic relationship, usually for some ulterior motive, and end up falling in love for real.


Forbidden love: Two characters who are not supposed to be together, often due to societal or familial constraints, fall in love despite the odds.


Billionaire romance: A wealthy and powerful man falls in love with a woman who is not part of his social class or who challenges his assumptions about love.


Marriage of convenience: Two characters enter into a fake marriage for practical or financial reasons and later fall in love.


Age gap: Two characters who have a significant age difference between them fall in love.


Small town romance: A love story that takes place in a small town, often featuring close-knit communities and charming settings.


Amnesia: One of the characters loses their memory, and the other helps them regain it while they fall in love.

Romance Sub-genres

Dark Romance: Features dark themes such as taboo relationships, violence, and unhealthy obsessions.


Sports Romance: Centres around characters who are athletes or sports enthusiasts.


Fantasy Romance: Set in fictional worlds with magical or supernatural elements, such as vampires or werewolves.


Contemporary Romance: Set in modern times and focuses on realistic relationships and issues.


Young Adult (YA) Romance: Features teenage protagonists and explores themes of coming-of-age and first love.


Erotic Romance: Contains explicit sexual content and focuses on the physical relationship between the characters.


Crime Romance: Involves romantic relationships amidst criminal activity or investigations.


Mythology Romance: Incorporates mythology and folklore into the storyline, such as Greek mythology or Arthurian legend.


Romantic Comedy (Rom Com): Humorous and lighthearted romances that often involve quirky or unusual characters and situations.


Clean Romance: Emphasizes emotional connections and avoids explicit sexual content or profanity.


Historical Romance: Set in a historical period and explores romantic relationships during that time.


Mafia Romance: Involves romantic relationships between characters involved in organized crime.


Paranormal Romance: Features supernatural elements such as ghosts, demons, or witches.


Western Romance: Set in the American West and often involves cowboys or ranchers as protagonists.


Anthology Romance: A collection of short stories by different authors, often with a common theme or genre.


Drama Romance: Intense and emotional romances that often involve tragic or difficult circumstances.


Sci-Fi Romance: Set in futuristic or science fiction worlds and often involves themes of technology or space travel.


Horror Romance: Combines elements of horror with romantic relationships.


Dystopian Romance: Set in a dystopian society with themes of oppression or rebellion.


Fairytale Retelling Romance: Retells classic fairy tales with romantic elements.


Gothic Romance: Features dark and atmospheric settings, such as old castles or haunted houses.


Greek Myth Retelling Romance: Retells stories from Greek mythology with romantic elements.

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