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    Advice on romance reads, anybody??

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by John Carlo, Oct 30, 2009.

    Hey all,
    The piece I'm working on will have a good deal of romance involved (or at least I want it to). I don't know too much about the genre. Anybody know of some really good classic romance short stories I can check out? You can throw out some novels too, but I was mainly interested in some really good quick reads (preferably staples of the genre). Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Perhaps this book?
    Source: The Notebook Wikipedia entry.
     
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    I think if you're gonna write romance, you need to have read Pride and Prejudice. All contemporary romance novels are derivative of it to some extent.
     
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    To be honest, I preferred the recent re-release, titled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

    But that's probably why I write stories about viruses growing into predators and eating people.
     
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    Lolita is widely considered to be one of the most sincere romance novels of the past 100 years.

    Nabokov does a great job in synthesizing the human need for sexuality and affection into one very believable experience.
     
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    I have to disagree...Lolita is a great novel, I would never argue that, but as a romance novel? I don't think so....it's not about love and romance, its about abuse, exploitation and manipulation, and while it is very believable, its not at all romantic...
     
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    Here are 2 short stories:
    An Imaginative Woman - Thomas Hardy
    The Gift of the Magi - O. Henry
     
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    the 'romance genre' is not at all the same as a mainstream, or literary novel that contains elements of romance [some of which have been listed above]...

    the romance 'genre' is one of the generally worst-written ones, along with fantasy, so if what you're writing isn't for silhouette/harlequin and the like, then don't refer to the 'genre' of 'romance' when asking for advice...
     
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    Noted...
     
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    Thanks for these short stories, just what I was looking for.
     
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    You really should take the time to read difference kinds of romance novels so you know what the audience wants.

    Contemporary Romance:
    A Walk to Remeber
    Confessions of a Shopaholic

    Pride and Prejudice is probably a must read for a classic and you can read it online for free. http://librivox.org/pride-and-prejudice-by-jane-austen-2

    You can also listen to it for free. This reader does a great job. Librivox is an awesome site where you can listen to non-copyrighted classics or read them.
     
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    The writings featured in Plato's Synopsium are thematically centred around love.

    I found the Speech of Aristophanes to be especially profound in resonating mankinds perpetual search for 'the one'.
     
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    i recently read a book called the wisewoman by Phillapa Gregory it might help
     
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    Ok here's a few:

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (I know this has already been mentioned but it's one of the BIG ones)
    Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks (beautiful and painful at the same time)
    Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte ( a great example of what love can do to people)
     

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