Love Story or Romance?: Background information when reading George and Lizzie

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George and Lizzie

by Nancy Pearl

George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl X
George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2017, 288 pages
    Paperback:
    Jul 17, 2018, 288 pages

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Love Story or Romance?

Although the focus of George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl is their romantic relationship, I consider this novel to be a love story, not a romance. This distinction is arguably subjective and open for interpretation—perhaps rooted in literary snobbery—but as someone who appreciates both genres, this is how I discern the two.

Scene from Pride and Prejudice one of the more famous romance novels Characters
As in many types of stories, characters are central to both love stories and romances. We need to be intrigued by and invested in them in order to fully appreciate their relationship. Characters in a romance may feel idealized in some way. They might have some type of flaw—but even this flaw is likely to be a strength in disguise. Love stories tend to have more deeply and authentically flawed characters. Regardless of the setting and time period they're placed in, they're universally relatable to readers. They're not superheroes.

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For a romance, the relationship is the plot, and point, of the story. Ideally, there will be ...

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