Are you like me and wonder about the most minute detail about things? I’m an avid researcher and find myself clicking link after link after link when I read something and a question pops into my mind that I need an answer to. That’s how this series about the romance novel started. So let’s continue with The Romance Novel, Part III!
As mentioned in the first and second blogs on this subject, romance novels date back to ancient Greece. One of the first novels to resemble the current pattern of romance novels is Pamela by Samuel Richardson (1741). Jane Austen follows in the 19th century. Later came the contributions of the Brontë sisters.
The Romance Novel
Now we enter the 20th century and the novel The Sheik by E. M Hull. Hopefully, you’re familiar with the movie starring Rudolph Valentino. The novel is interesting for several reasons but what caught my attention was that the hero is an alpha male and the plot incorporates the rape fantasy. This theme was also used in the 18th century novel, Pamela. Apparently, the rape fantasy made premarital sex acceptable. Thankfully, this would be condemned today.
Another subgenre of the romance category was t