Well for a romance to be good it has to have a good secondary genre. As you could probably tell I like my romance splashed with a little bit of other worldly. Unfortunately sci-fi and paranormal is not always the best for a good romance.
What makes the best sub-genre for romance?
Sub-genres are important especially for romance. 300 pages of falling in love and happiness is hard to get through. Once you have your readers attention you have to keep it.
There are many types of sub-genres which are secondary genres. For example, erotica is a genre and most of the time erotica is the main genre while romance is the sub-genre, but there lines blur so it’s hard to tell in most cases. The broader genres are comedy, romance, mystery, action, horror, adventure and science fiction.
From my experience a lot of the sub-genre that are action drowns out the romance. You know, where the member of the hardcore seal team six members fall in love but he has to go fight in a war and kill the bad guy and protect his love at the same time. Falling in love in the midst of a war seems passionate and hardcore but it really focuses the reader’s attention on the enemies their fighting. And you always want your readers to imagine what your characters life would be like after the last page. It’s hard to imagine a couple that’s seen war and action having a cup of coffee with each other or have a date to the movies. Normal doesn’t go well with war torn couples that seen so much action.
Neither does horror nor creepy go that well with romance, maybe creepy goes but not really. I have read a few and they gave me unpleasant shudders. If you want me to read and review some horror or creepy romance I would honestly do it though.
In my expert opinion the sub-genres that go best with romance are adventure, angst, fantasy, friendship, family, humor, hurt/comfort, supernatural, science fiction, tragedy, western, and erotica. These sub-genres are all good in small doses as long as they don’t overshadow the romance or couple. Especially in fast-burn romances, you know the love at first sight. The couple can’t get to know each other and fall deeper in love if their angst or family drama gets in the way for too long.
The slow-burn romances where they take half a book to fall in love they are a different matter because the sub-genre for slow burn romances is romance.
I will leave you with this; a romance that has it’s couple million miles apart or not interacting with each other or not even in the picture for more than a couple of pages is not a good romance.
Or basically not having the focus on them or their relationship for long periods is not a true romance.
Please leave a comment and tell me what you think!