The romance genre is partly defined by content and mostly by the way it is distributed and consumed. The early novel and romance fiction are written and especially consumed by women. This consumption is framed as private and purely for pleasure, and this as something like a guilty secret.

(Catherine Driscoll, “One True Pairing: The Romance of Pornography and the Pornography of Romance,” 80)

The romance genre is partly defined by content and mostly by the way it is distributed and consumed. The early novel and romance fiction are written and especially consumed by women. This consumption is framed as private and purely for pleasure, and this as something like a guilty secret.

(Catherine Driscoll, “One True Pairing: The Romance of Pornography and the Pornography of Romance,” 80)