Sunday, February 05, 2006

Lexicon of Love (N - Z)

New to romance fiction? Learn the language of love used at "Romance: B(u)y the Book!"

Point of view (POV): The viewpoint from which a story is told or narrated. These are the three different types: • First person: Narrating character uses words "I," "me" or "my." • Second person: Not commonly used in romance fiction; this voice denotes a main character describing what's happening to her by substituting the word "you" for "I." • Third person: The "all-knowing" narrator denotes a novel told in third person, as if an unseen third person is in a scene and is aware of what everyone is thinking and doing.

RBTB:
Acronym for Romance: B(u)y the Book.

RCB:
Randomly Chosen Bella. Individual/s chosen to receive a prize from all commenters during a specific contest.

Regency romance:
Novel set in England between 1811 and 1820, when Britain was ruled by a prince regent, the son of King George III. In many "Regencies," George III's son is referred to as Prinny.

Romance fiction:
A genre - or specific type of novel - in which the love story between a hero and heroine always is the most important element of the plot. A happily-ever-after, or uplifting, satisfying conclusion in which the featured couple commits to a future together, is guaranteed.

Romance Writers of America (RWA):
National association of romance industry professionals including published and unpublished authors, publishers, agents, editors and publicists.

Sammich:
Delicious fantasy scenario involving one's self and two mouth-watering fantasy partners, i.e., oh, I dunno, Fabio "Canna" Cannavaro/moi/Richard Armitage. . (Attribution: Bella Vivi Anna)

Single-title romance:
Longer romance released individually and not as part of a numbered series.

Snaxy:
Sexy, with an edible quality. (Attribution: Bella Rachd)

Stepback:
Photo or graphic on the first page past the inside cover of a novel. Often a clinch scene not depicted on the cover.

Subgenres of romance:
Romance fiction can be broken down into popular subcategories based on characters, settings and themes. Romance subgenres include: • Contemporary: Romances set after World War I. • Paranormal: Plots and characters inspired by science fiction, new and traditional mythologies, mystical beings, time travel and authors' limitless imaginations. • Historical: Set before World War I. Popular settings: Regency England, medieval Europe, the high seas, the American frontier and the Scottish Highlands. • Inspirational: Central love story examines living one's faith.

TSTL:
Too Stupid Too Live. Some readers consider an innocent heroine who seems to walk headlong into danger despite myriad warning signs "too stupid to live." Other readers can't get enough of this type of heroine.

The ton:
The crème de la crème of English society in the Regency period.

To-Be-Read Pile (TBR):
Refers to books one wants to read, or to a list or pile of books one plans on reading and already owns.

Trade romance:
Larger-sized (approximately 8 by 5.25 inches) romance or erotic romance with paperback cover. "Larger" refers to the size of the book, not page count.

UATW:
The Bellas' fave form of romance novel consummation, Up Against the Wall. See also: UATE/Up Against the Escritoire (Julia Quinn's "When He Was Wicked"); UATSW/Up Against the Ship's Wall, etc.

What are the RBTB-specific terms -- or other romance fiction terms --
you'd add to the Lexicon of Love?

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