Your Romance Novel Glossary: A-to-Z Terms You Need to Know

Curated via Twitter from Glamour’s twitter account….

If you’ve read enough romance novels, you might start to notice some recurring themes: a relationship emerges under false pretenses but quickly evolves into a real-deal love affair.

Labels like “insta-love” or “secret romance. ” Here, we’ve compiled all the terms you need to know to get the most out of your reading experience,whether they’re descriptors of common character types or plot devices within the novel, or the phrases the romance community uses to discuss the books amongst their fandom.

F/f: A subgenre of romance novels, in which two female romantic leads fall in love.

M/m: A subgenre of romance novels that follows the love story between two men.

Erotic romance: Novels in which explicit sexual interactions are an inherent part of the love story and relationship development.

Mighty wang: Shorthand for how the story’s heroine will describe the sexual prowess of what romance novelists often call a male’s “throbbing member.

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