I volunteer at my local library. People donate books and then I stamp them with a stamp that says, “Adopt A Book” with the library logo. I then put these books out on the “giveaway” shelves. I only look at the cover and sometimes read the inside cover description (I stamped a 48 foot tall stack of novels today. If I looked any deeper I’d still be there.)
Many of the donated books are “romance novels”. Some of them are the old “classic” Harlequins and Danielle Steele’s but there are many newer ones from romance novel publishers. There seems to be a number of “sub-genre’s” among the newer books. These “subgenres” sometimes have a name or seem to be directed at a specific audience. Some of these sub-genres are:
He’s a tycoon.
He’s my boss
Geographically based novels -
There is a series that has a novel for every state.
There is a “Montana” series set in “Whitehorn”, Montana that has at least 15 novels.
I’m pregnant with no husband but there is this guy.
I’m divorced with children but there is this guy.
The Harlequin “Temptation Heat” novels - these are sexually graphic. Not “Dear Penthouse” graphic but if I posted a “heat” passage I would definitely get in trouble from a moderater. (If I ever see a woman reading one of these I WILL introduce myself to her immediately.)
Are there other sub-genre’s I don’t know about?
whistlepig, who asks that you refrain from making up sub-genre’s. I’d probably believe you.