The romance novel is defined as a work of fiction that focuses on the romantic relationship between two people, where its conclusion has a happy ending that is emotionally satisfying.
The romance novel was developed in Western culture, the majority in English speaking countries. One of the earliest romance writers was English novelist, Samuel Richardson. He published his novel Pamela in 1740 and it became one of the first best-sellers. His novel had a happy ending, which was a rarity for novels in the 18th century. Pamela was the first of many novels to come that focused on courtship.
The pioneer of the romance genre came a century later, when Jane Austin released her first novel Sense and Sensibility in 1811 to be followed by Pride and Prejudice in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814, and Emma in 1816. Jane Austin’s works inspired others like Georgette Heyer, who introduced historical romance in 1921. (Jane’s works are not considered historical, due to the fact that she was writing about the era in which she lived.)
It is said the modern romance genre was established in 1972 with Avon’s publication of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s, The Flame and the Flower. This was the first single-title romance novel to be published in paperback in the US.
The romance genre boomed in the 1980’s, when popular authors began to push the boundaries of the genre and plots.
By the 2000’s, romance had become the most popular genre in modern literature.
Breakdown statistics from Simba Information estimates for 2009
Romance 1.36 billion
Religious/Inspiration 770 million
Mystery 674 million
Sci-fi/Fantasy 554 million
Classic Literary Fiction 462 million
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MARCH 6 -12, 2011
So I posted the question below on a few sites and thought to post some of the comments I received.
Quotes regarding the cons of using the f-bomb:
-Some people just can't stand the word.
-Could offend some readers.
-"Shows a lack of discipline in a character."
-"Profanity is a small mind trying to express itself."
Quotes regarding the pros of using the f-bomb:
-Necessary for realistic character building.
-Most readers fine with the word if used in moderation.
-"A reader who can't tolerate an occasional swear word in context is an illiterate in moralistic clothing."
All in all, this has been a fascinating conversation with lots of thoughts and opinions. Love it!
So placing the Ad was easy, a simple click to promote your page and it walks you through the process. I set my Ad up on January 1, 2011 and put a stop date of January 16, 2011, since I didn't know how far my fifty dollars would go. I made fifty dollars the max for the term of this Ad, since this was a trial.
Before the Ad I had 56 fans. By 1-6-11 I had 64 fans and by 1-9-11 I had 69 fans. By 1-12-11, the fifty dollars was gone and my current total is 69.
The majority of clicks were done on the weekends with Saturday being the peak and Wednesday the low.
So 13 new fans, yea!
When is it okay for your heroine to let the F-bomb fly? This came up in another blog I was on a few weeks back, and I thought to discuss it further on my site. The reason for this discussion is because one of the heroines in my Destiny Series, Desirea Leighton, a Hollywood starlit (think Brittany Spears or Lindsay Lohan but without all the trouble those two have managed to ensnare themselves in). Now my character Desirea is a modern day heroine swept back to Regency England and she has the worst potty mouth, in truth, cursing is part of her charm.
Of course, ladies never swore in Regency England, ah, I hate the word never, because I believe even the very best of lady’s had a reason to curse on occasion, I refuse to see it any other way. Anger can lead one to harsher words even if the word is as mild as damn, which brings me back to the biggest swear word of them all the F-bomb.
Does the f-word pull a reader out of a book? Are you personally offended if you see the f-word on the page? Perhaps this isn’t such an issue with contemporaries, but what if it’s found littered through the pages of a historical romance novel when the f-word is not expected?
This is the dilemma I’m facing on the writing front. I love Desirea’s character, she’s sassy, brave, and swears like a dockhand, but she’s great and I don’t want to change her. Her words are a part of who she is and her swearing has made for some very fun scenes. And yet I find myself wondering, should I change this one to frik, or should I substitute anther word altogether like the mild hell or damn. And what if hell or damn isn’t harsh enough. I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes the f-word simply cannot be replaced or the power of the sentence disappears right along with it.