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Collection Development and RA: Romance

What is Romance?

According to the Romance Writer's of America, two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending. 
 
A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.

An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love. 

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