Romantic fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy fiction, describing a fantasy story using many of the elements and conventions of the chivalric romance genre.[1]

Abaelard und seine Schülerin Heloisa (English: Abaelard and His Student Heloisa)
Abaelard und seine Schülerin Heloisa (English: Abaelard and His Student Heloisa)

One of the key features of romantic fantasy involves the focus on relationships, social, political, and romantic.[2] Romantic fantasy has been published by both fantasy lines and romance lines.

Some publishers distinguish between "romantic fantasy" where the fantasy elements is most important and "fantasy romance" where the romance are most important.[1] Others say that "the borderline between fantasy romance and romantic fantasy has essentially ceased to exist, or if it's still there, it's moving back and forth constantly".[3]

Common plot archetypes

Character development

Characters may start as solitary wanderers in romantic fantasy, but they never remain that way for long. One of the key features of romantic fantasy involves the focus on social, and to a lesser extent, political relationships. The characters all find close friends, lovers, and other companions with whom they either live or travel, as well as a larger social circle where they all belong. In addition, many character have significant ties with the larger world. Many of these characters have noble titles, or a sworn duty to their kingdom. The rootless travelers of sword and sorcery novels are rarely found in romantic fantasy.

Examples of romantic fantasy in literature

See also

References

  1. ^ a b William C. Robinson (October 2004). "A Few Thoughts on the Fantasy Genre". University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved 22 Dec 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ John Snead. "What is Romantic Fantasy?". Green Ronin Publishing. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  3. ^ Fantasy Reviews
  4. ^ Reader's Advice
  5. ^ Auburn Hills Public Library - Booklist
  6. ^ Notes from RWA National Conference Panel - July 16, 2009