Dec 5 2014 8:23am

When is a Non-Romance Book Really a Romance?

Although she has since toned down her romance rhetoric, Diana Gabaldon had this to say in 2001 when asked if she wrote romance:

The romance genre has very specific expectations, and this leads to a great deal of predictability. It's very rare to find a good romance writer who can work within that form and still produce a good novel. That's why I try not to let people refer to my own books as romances. 

Gabaldon's Written in My Own Heart's Blood, the eighth book in her Outlander series, recently got voted into the top spot in Goodreads' Best Romance of 2014. While it's tempting to throw Gabaldon's own words back at her, sometimes an author truly doesn't realize what he or she has written, and it should be left to the readers to decide what they think of it. 

Can you think of other examples of books where the authors thought they were one type of book and general concensus made them out to be really another? 

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Vickie Russell
1. Vickie Russell
Yes, doesn't Nicholas Sparks kill the H or h at the end of his books so it won't be a romance! LOL!!
Carmen Pinzon
2. bungluna
Sorry, but I still don't think Gabaldon writes romances.
Vickie Russell
3. LauraSF
Dog Stars by Peter Heller is a post apocalyptic story and there is no hint that it includes a romance in the book's jacket or reviews. More than half way through, the main character meets another survivor and the amazing romance begins.
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