The Genres: Romance

Today I want to start a series on the different genres of fiction. It’s sort of a prelude to a series coming up on the writing process which I will be posting shortly. This prelude series deals with the different genres of fiction so you have a more in- depth look at what genre you would like to base your novel on.

I’ll begin with one of the most popular: Romance.

Romance is huge in the Christian fiction world, particularly Amish romance. I myself have a soft spot for romance, but more so in the contemporary realm. I’ll go through the standards every Christian romance novel must include:

1. It must be biblically accurate; meaning no acceptance of adultery, divorce or any other sexual sin.

2. It must present a mutual view. It must show man and woman as one, and not only from a man/woman’s point of view, but from a ‘one flesh’ view.

3. It must support marriage between man and woman as stated in Genesis 2:22-25

4. It mustn’t be graphic.

So they are the outlines; the four corners to build your romance novel around.

When writing romance, the story must be focused on the love between a man and woman only. It can either be about a couple falling in love, or a couple struggling with their love, and most importantly the love must be centered around Christ. If Jesus is only a supporting role, you might as well be a secular writer.

I myself have very strict views when it comes to marriage. God has set a clear standard regarding marriage in His Word, and we must not compromise on this.

Your novel can support the idea of dating, including the struggles with regards to staying pure.

The love between husband and wife should reflect the love of Christ to the church, His bride, and His faithfulness to us.

If the story encourages, in any way, a man or woman already struggling in an unhappy marriage to consider divorce or to look down upon their partner as inadequate is also not appropriate.

So, in closing on this genre, make sure you show biblical morals in your stories, and make sure that Christ is the center of the relationship, because we are the center of His.

God Bless.

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6 thoughts on “The Genres: Romance

  1. Good job Luc, very accurate to the Bible and to Christ. I do agree that we should be strict to the the Marriage part of life too. And that we should only make love I Marriage and not out of it, because like you said before, that it is wrong in the Lord’s eyes and is known as adultery to many Christians. Very accurate to my eyes and no doubt to God’s. And for the record, I do want to get married and have kids, but in the new testament, Paul does say that serving the Lord out of Marriage is a lot easier because you don’t have to focus on looking over your wife and children 🚸. But I do want kids more than anything in the world 🌍 and I hope you do too.
    God bless and keep it up bud. πŸ˜€

    1. Hey godchangeslifes! Thanks for the comment, and yes, I really, really, really want a wife and kids! I think It’ll be hard to serve God alone. And yes, you’re right about it being easier to serve without one, but is it better? Easier doesn’t always mean better. I know for sure that Mom wouldn’t be better off without Dad. If you look at the times they were living in when that verse was written, it was very harsh and violent, so it would have been better because it would have been too dangerous to raise a family back then, but it’s different today. Plus two is always better than one, and when one or more is gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them. Another verse says that when a man leaves home he is to cleave onto his wife. We NEED partners in life, that’s why God made Eve for Adam. I personally can hardly wait until I meet my wife! Or maybe I’ve already met her, who knows πŸ™‚
      God Bless!

  2. Hi Luc
    What a great and timely post! A couple of the points you made were some issues that really get under my skin in Christian writing. Not only with romance, but with any genre (especially biographies of Christians), it bugs me no end when Jesus is simply a “supporting character”. This doesn’t reflect how Christ is in the lives of believers.
    “most importantly the love must be centered around Christ. If Jesus is only a supporting role, you might as well be a secular writer.”
    I couldn’t agree more! You’ve made this point so well!
    “If the story encourages, in any way, a man or woman already struggling in an unhappy marriage to consider divorce or to look down upon their partner as inadequate is also not appropriate.”
    Another important point in today’s rapidly declining “Christianity”. The fact that even churches and pastors will encourage one partner to leave their spouse, shows just how far some have strayed from the Truth of God’s Word.
    Valuable points to encourage writers to take Christian literature to a higher level.
    Blessing to you,
    Five Peas

    1. Thanks fivepeasibapod! You’re absolutely right there, most churches today not only encourage divorce, but are divorced themselves. Christianity today is treated more of a belief than a relationship. They believe in God, but that’s about it. Same goes for Christian authors. Some novels are so full of symbolism that anyone could read it without the slightest knowledge of God coming out of it. As a writer, I want my novels to be all about Jesus!
      God Bless!

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