‘Increase your vocabulary’ challenge

I have created my own new category of romance novel using today’s word: Histrionic Romance.

histrionic  (adj) – excessively theatrical or dramatic in character and style.

histrionics (n) – melodramatic behaviour designed to attract attention.

By extension, histrionic romances are romances where many, if not all of the key components are exaggerated for dramatic effect. A brush of the hands is electrically charged, the hero and heroine are repeatedly distracted by each other’s adjective-laden physical attributes, disagreements and past disappointments are blown out of all proportion, and you can hear a string orchestra crescendoing in the background as the characters lean in for a kiss.  

Not to be confused with the category ‘Historical Romance’ (although the terms may be applied concurrently).  

So. Read any histrionic romances lately? 


About Fiction Aficionado

Homeschooling mum, word lover, reader extraordinaire, and follower of Christ
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