The Language of Romance Novel Reading

Romance readers and writers have a vocabulary all their own. When you first become addicted to this genre, you learn those terms to communicate with other enthusiasts. It’s like a secret language — people unfamiliar with romance novels just look puzzled when listening to us discuss a book. “It was a wallbanger for me. The heroine was TSTL and the hero was an alphahole. It was just a wallpaper historical anyway, with a ridiculous Big Mis.”

This Book Riot article lists ten terms: hero/heroine, HEA/HFN, alpha hero, alphahole hero, the Grovel, wallpaper historical/Recency, bodice-ripper, TSTL, the Duke of Slut, Big Misunderstanding.

So–what other terms are common amongst readers and authors in describing romance novels in particular, unique to this genre? What are your favorites?


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