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?