Nora Roberts: Changing the face of “Category Romance”

When a reader thinks of a Romance Novel, we often attribute it to a “category romance.”  By this I mean, the stories have similar styles in format and story line.  They follow a simple structure of boy meets girl, they fall in love, and happily ever after.  Nora Roberts found a way to Americanize the Romance genre.  She started out writing “category romances”, but then expanded her work into something incredible.  She changed the face of romance novels by giving her heroines spunky careers and a care-free attitude towards marriage.  Her stories are not solely about finding love, they are about real people discovering what its like to build a life together.  Her characters are searching for something, not someone.  Her writing style defies the definition of a romance novel and is written for the masses.



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