What exactly do people mean when they discuss a romance or any piece of entertainment, really being "dark? The opposite could be used to define "dark" romances, I suppose—serious in tone, emotionally powerful, potentially painful. Or perhaps "dark" romances are merely those that always take place at night, when the vampires come out. I'm sure she's going to read this column and wonder what the hell I'm talking about. Dark romanticism features characters who are "prone to sin and self-destruction," and explore themes of evil, or "anthropomorphized evil in the form of Satan, devils, ghosts, werewolves, vampires and ghouls.
My interpretation of "dark romance" is that this particular romance features some definite bleakness and unhappiness, whether it's on the part of the characters or their circumstances.
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Ahoy, here be some pain, sadness, and drama afore the happy ever after. And as a result I have to be in a specific mood to take on those types of books. Obviously, if I'm looking for comfort and humor, I don't reach for the dark and wrenching. In my terminology, a dark romance is one wherein there's going to be a happy ending eventually, but it'll hurt a bit first, for everyone involved, including me, the reader.
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When I think of dark romance, for example, I think of Nalini Singh, whose world-building in her Psy-Changeling series Berkley and her Archangel series Berkley includes some truly painful struggles and, especially in the Psy series, cold, emotionless bleakness. Singh is gifted at creating circumstances that are so difficult they both keep her characters miserable and apart and make the reader wonder how she'll create a happily ever after for them by the end of the book. I asked folks on Twitter for their definition and recommendations for dark romances, and the responses were varied.
The term is often used exclusively with paranormal, apocalyptic and urban fantasy romances, and that is not always the genre in which you find dark content. Anna Campbell, for example, writes dark emotionally gripping romances that are set in Regency England.
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Inez Kelly's new contemporary romance release, Sweet as Sin , Carina Press, which has received some amazingly positive reviews, features a hero with a terribly haunting emotional past which is, alas, the reason I have some trepidation about reading it.
I want to, but am honestly scared of my own emotional reaction. Author Jaci Burton recommends Larissa Ione and Lara Adrian as two authors who write "twisty, angst, heavy, deeply emotional" dark romance as well. Day is still f'd. That could sum it up well, regardless of genre. In the case of defining "dark romance," it's often easier to come up with examples than an agreed-upon definition.
What dark romances do you adore, and, more importantly, how would you define the term? Thank you! There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent! Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I want to know what I need to have in a dark romance novel so as to not disappoint readers.
Like, what do they expect a dark romance to have?
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I have been encouraged to phrase these types of questions the way I have. This question is similar to writers. For instance what do you mean with "dark romance"? What examples of novels of that genre can you make? As far as I can tell there are at least two types of dark romance - The contemporary heatherknight.
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The very least you need is a heroine in the clutches of a dark hero, and ending well is entirely optional. Heather Knight covers it here briefly.
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