I was looking for something to watch while I did some ironing last weekend. Saw a movie with an interesting blurb, A servant falls in love with the mistress of a high-ranking royal. And it was categorized as a romance. Sounded cool.
I got played. This movie, with its intriguing blurb was not, in my opinion a romance. I have a hard time even saying it has romantic elements because the servant-mistress relationship wasn’t prominent. It was there, but way, way in the background.
To me, in a story with romantic elements, the relationship between the heroine and hero is second in the plot line. It’s like the story vice president. It may not drive the story, but it does help lead it in the right direction.
This movie got me thinking about the definition of romance. I think romance is sometimes (often) misunderstood by folks who aren’t familiar with the genre and assume just because a hero and heroine are attracted to each other makes a story a romance.
So what’s your definition of romance?
How do you define romantic elements?
Do you think there is a difference between a romance story and a romantic story?