So I was looking through my list of recently-read books and realised a rather large amount of them are romance books. Perhaps not technically within that genre, but to much of the plot of these stories is romance, it seems odd to ignore it entirely.
There is, obviously, a difference where the romance is the plot, and where it is the sub-plot. In the books below, I think the romantic relationships form a sort of middle ground, essential to the story but not overtaking it.
I missed last week’s Top Ten Tuesday post, which was a love freebie, so I’m doing that today!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where each week you write a list of ten particular books.
Beautiful World, Where Are You? – Sally Rooney
I’m sure this is first and foremost contemporary fiction or one of those categories for literary writing, however I do think the romantic relationships are essential. Even where they take a backseat to the friendship.
Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
I can’t speak for the rest of the trilogy, but this book is absolutely informed by the romance within it. However, I wouldn’t say it’s the main plot, as instead we’re focused on the magical world building.
Ghosts – Dolly Alderton
Here’s another contemporary fiction book. I wouldn’t class it as a romance, exactly, even though the main character Nina is completely obsessed by the romantic relationship she’s kind of in.
Reputation – Lex Croucher
Again, although romance is a key component here, it is second both to the friendship and the author’s preconception with the world building.
Luster – Raven Leilani
Again, not a romance! But the main character’s preoccupation with her maybe-relationship with this older man is what propels the book along. Its importance fades into the background, but it’s the reason the plot moves.
The Betrayals – Bridget Collins
I’m not entirely sure what genre this book belongs in, it’s everything and nothing at the same time. The romance here is odd, because the story is told through multiple time lines, involving different characters
Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
Is romance the focus of this book? Certainly not. But it is a sub-plot the story cannot do without.
If I Had Your Face – Frances Cha
Throughout the six stories of the women’s lives, romance comes and goes, but most of them are concerned with it.
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
Technically not a romance?
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Is this book a romance? Absolutely not. Is it also concerned with romantic subplots? Yes, yes it is.
What do you think?