Top 383 Romance Quotes

In this post, you will find great Romance Quotes from famous people, such as Thomas Bulfinch, Vikram Bhatt, Leslie Caron, Karthi, Manoj Bajpayee. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

The earliest form in which romances appear is that of a

The earliest form in which romances appear is that of a rude kind of verse.
Thomas Bulfinch
I am not doting and am not romantic. I can have spurts of romance but am not consistently romantic.
The American is wholeheartedly for love and romance at any cost.
Leslie Caron
‘Dev’ is a love story but isn’t about romance. It is also about loving friends as well as family and loving every moment of life.
I’m an actor because I love acting, and my romance with this craft called acting is too intense. I’m in this business for a very selfish reason, and that is me, and nobody else. The audience loving it is by chance.
I always wanted to write a book. Not a romance novel. Maybe a crime thriller. Something with action. Maybe that will happen some day.
Romance is everything.
I like the idea of not having a definition of love and romance. The greatest love stories have been about people who haven‘t come together. More stories like that need to be explored.
Romance is one of the things that most countries share, and I’ve noticed how different communities have their own ways of singing about love and heartbreak.
It is a privilege that women fancy me, but I cannot sustain the chocolate boy image forever. I don’t want to end up being known, like the late veteran Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan was, as the king of romance.
First of all, the leads aren’t the kind of acting work that I like. The parts that are meatier are not the ones that have to have a romance.
Games are the way we keep romance alive. They’re based in human hardwiring. Playing hard-to-get or leaving a little to the imagination allows the woman to be wooed and appreciated and the man to be challenged and intrigued.
I love romance films, especially between people of color, because we don’t really explore that enough. I would love to do that.
I have things I watch in my downtime – I love ‘Scandal.’ I don’t write political romance, so there’s not a direct relation there. But it’s something I do just to turn off the brain for a little bit, and just to relax and recharge.
There is pomp, ceremony and romance as a behavior, and then there is love as a real thing that is felt between two people.
If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.
I read a lot of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I love ‘Tender is the Night,’ and its atmosphere of doomed romance. He was one of the greatest prose stylists, with a wonderfully clear but lyrical quality.
Originally, I thought the story of the Alamo was all these men defending their liberty when they could have left, knowing they were going to die. That’s without a doubt what appealed to me, the romance and the nobility. But, as in life, the more you dig the more you find out that things weren’t quite like that.
I’m so thrilled to have won the RITA. The award is particularly special because it is given by other romance authors. It’s deeply rewarding and not a little humbling to be honored by such a talented tribe of writers.
Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.
The genre of romance is perhaps the closest to my heart and I like the whole idea of feel good, look good roles and films that have a positive vibe.
Given a chance, I would love to romance Tabu. I wouldn’t mind doing a film with Manisha Koirala, either. Or Madhuri Dixit.
We’re always up for a bit of romance on ice.
Therapy was the biggest romance of my life.
Dar Williams
I actually worked in the general market for many years writing steamy historical romance, and I had more freedom in the Christian market than I ever did in the general market to write about any issue that I needed to write about.
Francine Rivers
Romance novels have the power to bring love into the lives of readers. Through the characters, we get to fall in love every time we pick up a romance novel. What could be better than that?
Lori Wilde
Words outlive people, institutions, civilizations. Words spur images, associations, memories, inspirations and synapse pulsations. Words send off physical resonations of thought into the nethersphere. Words hurt, soothe, inspire, demean, demand, incite, pacify, teach, romance, pervert, unite, divide. Words be powerful.
Inga Muscio
One of our fundamental human needs is finding our partner that we hope we will stay with for the rest of our lives. You often find the same search in other genres. The mystery novel has a romance subplot. Literary novels often focus on that relationship but do not often end well.
The first modern novel was already a product, even an expression, of negative criticism: ‘Don Quixotecontains a quite explicit critique of the chivalric romance and its insufficiency to account for the way real life feels when you get up in the morning in 17th-century Spain.
I totally believe in romance and love and all that.
I do like a little romance… just a sniff, as I call it, of the rocks and valleys. Of course, bread-and-cheese is the real thing. The rocks and valleys are no good at all, if you haven’t got that.
I am a family man. I do not want to be considered a wom

I am a family man. I do not want to be considered a womanizer or a ladies‘ man. I do not want to be attributed to romances that I never had. And example for me is my parents, who have created a strong family for life.
Good love and romance aren’t always what the hype cracks them up to be.
Most of the romance in my films has been inspired by my father.
My sexuality is not black and white. I’m a gay man who has occasionally drifted. I am not bi. I’ve had perfectly pleasant romances with women, but they weren’t sustainable. My passion wasn’t there. I would always be looking at guys.
Young women are still looking for a prince on a white charger to come over the hill or for Mr. Rochester to appear. We all pretend we’re right-on feminists, but underneath that, there’s still the bedrock of romance.
Gemma Jones
I encourage interoffice romance.
Romance focuses on emotions and on relationships, both of which are fundamentally important to women.
Debbie Macomber
There is a hidden agenda in the fragility of romance.
The outlaw, in the American imagination, is a subject of romance – a ‘good’ bad man, he is typically a master of escape, a crack shot, a ladies’ man.
We’re so used to seeing women in movies about a romance where they don’t seem to have any inner fortitude. They’re completely defined by their relationships, and it’s hard to engage with those characters and relate to them.
I keep waiting for the day in which everyone who loves ‘Downton Abbey‘ will realize they were actually watching a historical romance novel.
Julia Quinn
There is perhaps no more rewarding romance heroine than she who is not expected to find love. The archetype comes in many disguises – the wallflower, the spinster, the governess, the single mom – but always with one sad claim: Love is not in her cards.
I don’t have this fantasy about marriage anymore. Everyone says it takes hard work. Well, it kind of does – and I’m much more pragmatic about romance than I used to be.
Maybe our generation is more about sex, but it feels like romance is dying out.
I always hear about romance and love and relationships, and we’re so scared to talk about the negatives, about when it doesn’t work out.
It’s the contemporary woman that movies don’t know what to do with, other than bathe her in a bridal glow in romantic comedies where both the romance and the comedy are artificial sweeteners.
Cinema Paradiso, because it reminds me of why I make movies, the magic of movies, the romance of movies.
Not to disparage anything, but most vampire stories tend to be romance novels that are ‘Twilight‘-ish with metrosexual guys.
People think that if you are a scientist you have to give up that joy of discovery, that passion, that sense of the great romance of life. I say that’s completely opposite of the truth.
Ann Druyan
I read everything. When I say everything, I read everything: children‘s literature, Y.A., science fiction, fantasy, romance – I read it all. Each genre fulfills a different need I have. Each book teaches me something.
When we are in our dorms, we watch romance movies and dramas. When a romantic scene comes on, we hold on to each other and scream.
Father was very sympathetic, and if the hero of a romance was good or to be pitied, his eyes would fill with tears until he could not see.
What an electric thrill it sends up and down the spine, how it sets the heart racing: A Royal Romance! A Royal Wedding! The pomp and the pageantry!
A shiny ring isn’t romantic to me. I think thought and love into what you do for the person you’re in love with – that’s romance.
I don’t write romance novels.
The path of royal romance has never been smooth; Princess Margaret was unable to marry the man she loved because it meant renouncing her royal status, yet her uncle, the Duke of Windsor, gave up an empire for Wallis Simpson.
Love is not blind. Romance is. Romance is the most dangerous thing. Romance is like an illusion. It shows you things, and you hear things that don’t exist.
I’m not very romantic. My idea of romance is more practical – like washing the car.
That’s a paradox I’ve noticed, too: The news business held little romance for me, yet writing about it somehow stirred my affections.
Colleen McCullough taught me that desire is the heart of romance.
I see romance as a state of mind. I may find it in a candlelit dinner or by walking in the rain.
I had a very realistic expectation of the level of succ

I had a very realistic expectation of the level of success that it was possible to attain writing romance novels.
When it comes to romance, I’m really simple. I am really a ‘dinner and a movietype of person, and I love food, so surprise me and order something different or adventurous when it comes to food, and I’m like a kid at Halloween.
Kathie Lee and I were working together on our ‘Live’ morning show when she started dating Frank. I always loved trying to get her to tell me about her new romance, and it wasn’t long before we were watching them take their vows in front of close friends in Southhampton.
Romance is dead – it was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.
Yeardley Smith
The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance – the idea that anything is possible.
My favorite lesbian romance of all time is the 1999 movie ‘But I’m a Cheerleader,’ starring Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall. RuPaul is also in it; so is the brilliant Melanie Lynskey.
A lot of our assumptions of the world are fairly cynical, fairly negative, and assume the worst. What our reading tastes show – in this rush to fantasy, romance, whatever – is that we actually still want to believe in a world of possibility, in a world of mystery.
Women love romance, but they’re not as romantic as men.
I’m really into a blush on the eyelid and on the high of the cheek. The singer of ‘Cocteau Twins‘ used to do that – really pink eyelids. It added a little romance to the hard kind of street-edge clothes.
For me, modern technology has ruined romance and movies – nobody can run to the airplane gate anymore.
Lorene Scafaria
I like romance in films. I like love in films.
I’d love to romance Aishwarya Rai. But I’m 58 now. So I have to play her father.
I think every great show has that kind of romance that people just kind of yearn for.
I’d like to start writing scripts. I think I’d probably be inclined to write a very dark comedy or a tragic romance. As a kid, I used to write really dark stuff.
I want romance; I want people to be happy in their relationships.
The thing I liked most about ‘Lois & Clark,’ we were a fun show. Some of the laterSuperman‘ stuff is so dark, but I prefer ‘Superman’ to be a character of light and hope. I prefer the lighter romance and humor.
I always thought that I had a pretty diverse body of work, I mean, as far as subject matter. Teenage rock and roll movie; romance; ’20s Western. On paper it looks different, but then there’s similarities in the vibe of them.
They ask questions like ‘do you believe in aliens’ and those types of things. They were really interested in aliens, and that was really something that the Japanese have an interest in, and they are also very big fans of romances.
For the most part, romance is written in third person, and it’s written in multiple points of view, so you’re in the hero’s head, and you’re in the heroine’s head. I’ve always said that I’m more of a narrator than a creator.
Office romances are few, short, and not usually destructive.
The relationship between ‘My Chemical Romance’ and Michael Pedicone is over. He was caught red-handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after our show last night in Auburn, Washington. We are heartbroken and sick to our stomachs over this entire situation.
Romance is a wonderful thing and we need more of it in the world.
I wanted to be like the heroes of the books I read. That’s why I wanted to go to the jungle. I wasn’t interested in danger from the adrenaline aspect, I was more interested in the romance.
There is grand romance in The Lord of the Rings. It’s an important part of epic literature.
Prom has all the elements of a popular story. It reeks of all-Americanness, tension, drama. It has romance. Pretty dresses. Dancing. Limos. High school. Coming of age.
Romance writers and readers have one thing in common: We love men.
Two best friends can totally say they love and adore each other, without any meaning of romance.
I’m drawn to bad romances.
You try to find the romance in the struggle, or at least that’s what you keep telling yourself. But you talk to successful actors, and the struggle always is what they miss the most.
Nick Gehlfuss
I love ‘The Guardianseries. Bianca St. Ives is one of my favorite heroines ever, and the combination of action, suspense, and romance makes her story pure fun to write.
Karen Robards
That's what it is: a 'Harold & Kumar' movie is a romanc

That’s what it is: a ‘Harold & Kumar’ movie is a romance between two best friends.
My wife, Lisa, and I both grew up on wuxia – Chinese historical romances. They’re kind of analogous to Western epics. They’re based on history, just like ‘the Iliad’ and ‘the Odyssey‘ are based on history, but they’re romanticized, and a lot of fantasy elements have been added.
I went to grad school with the grand plan of getting my Ph.D. and writing weighty, Tudor-Stuart-set historical fiction – from which I emerged with a law degree and a series of light-hearted historical romances about flower-named spies during the Napoleonic wars.
We’re definitely hopingTravelersattracts more than just solely the sci-fi audience, too. There are so many elements here. I think this will be a show that women like, because there’s a lot of unlikely romance in it between people who were in love 300 years from now, but they’re in different bodies.
I can’t write about NRI romances.
I got to know the world of football fans and their pride in it, how they would find a family away from home. Most of them came from broken families. It always had a bit of romance to me, when I went to the game with all these boys that would just die for each other.
I feel even old people can do a nice love story, but here we don’t make that kind of films. In the West, such films are being made and they make a nice romance, which is more like compassion.
I am all about old school romance. I love everything about the classic relationships.
I was around in 1970, and now I am around in 2015 … there is no poetry and very little romance in anything anymore, so it is really like the last phase of ‘American Pie.’
At any given time, all of us have an empty spot: one that is calling for companionship, for example, or for justice, love, romance, or a belly laugh. When I sit down to write, I look to see what hole needs filling at that particular moment.
I do love the termrocker.’ The word itself imbues a ton of imagery and romance. But I don’t think a rocker needs to have AC/DC and Metallica and the Black Keys rumbling through their car speakers speeding headlong into the night.
As an actor, you want convince the audience that you can do different things. So, if I have to run in slow motion, I am more than happy to romance.
I am the king of old school romance.
For me, romance isn’t an over-the-top act. It’s someone offering to help and to support me. Or if that person thinks I’m making the wrong decision, he’ll tell me. I want him to be honest, because being that honest takes a lot of guts.
Thora Birch
Romance on the screen happens even with people who do not have off-screen chemistry. To bring that out from them is my job.
I don’t think that writing talent has much to do with where one went to school, or the number of degrees on one’s business card, but I do get a bit bristly at the implication that romance authors couldn’t possibly be smart enough to get into an Ivy League school.
Julia Quinn
The lust and attraction are often a given in a romance novel – I want to dig into the elements of true friendship that form a foundation for a solid, gonna-last-forever romantic relationship.
Suzanne Brockmann
I aim to tell the truth about any subject, not a romance or fantasy, not avoid the truth.
Anita Desai
Red Sonja, she was a hellraiser before Buffy, Xena, and Ripley even existed. When so many heroines in comics were all hung up on romance and the bizarre gender politics of comics at the time, Sonja was out cutting off the heads of dragons and pirates.
The thing is, I am a loving person. I am super sappy when it comes to romance. But I’m not the Antonio Banderas, swashbuckling, Pierce Brosnan, smooth-talking type.
Dev Patel
As a romance novelist, I have a rather skewed view of babies. You see, they don’t typically fit into the classic structure of the romance novel – romance is about two people finding each other and falling in love against insurmountable odds. Babies… well… babies are complicated.
Obscurity is just obscurity. There’s no romance in obscurity.
In my 20s, I became obsessed with the role-playing game ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms,’ named after a classical Chinese novel, and later ‘The Sims,’ a life-simulation game, and ‘StarCraft,’ a science-fiction game.
‘Superman/Wonder Woman,’ people expected, I guess, a lot of romance, or maybe something that wasn’t emotionally deep. Who knows?
As a writer – and a romance novelist, no less – I’ve always found it a bit odd when characters in comic books remain in relationship limbo for years at a time.
There are certain romances that belong in certain cities, in a certain atmosphere, in a certain time.
It was always a dream as I was growing up. I would watch movies, mostly American movies, and be so engrossed in those stories, all I wanted to do was be there. I wanted to be part of that romance or that fantasy or be that warrior or that struggling soul who finally makes it good.
I’ve had three husbands, but my real romance is my work.
Hattie Carnegie
If you’re chained to a computer all day, you’re not using up much energy, even if you drag yourself to the gym a couple of days a week. And to make matters worse for me, I’ve had a secondary career right along with my romance writing – cookbook author, under my real name, Ruth Glick.
I want romance.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
I've always said men should study romance novels to fin

I’ve always said men should study romance novels to find out how women think and what they want, both during the courtship phase and in a lifelong partner.
We grew up during the ‘peace and love‘ of the 1960s, only to discover that there are wars everywhere, and love and romance is a con.
I have represented romance all my life. Some have called me the ‘King of Romance.’
You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance.
Wallis Simpson
There’s a romance and power to live theater.
I certainly want to continue to write in a way that’s intimate. I love books where you feel you’re having a romance with the writer.
Joseph O’Neill
When I was young, I couldn’t imagine women of 60 falling in love. For one thing, people used to stay married; they weren’t out in the jungle, searching for romance. Besides, these women just looked so ancient – permed hair, beige cardis.
I love romantic films and love drama. Any film that has romance or romantic element is my comfort.
A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.
In collegewhile figuring the things out that most people do in college – I had no game. No confidence. I had Birkenstocks. And overalls. A budding romance novel addiction. But no cool. No poise. I was trying on a thousand different personalities, but a lot of them were formed by the perceptions of others.
Molly O’Keefe
I’m doomed romantically. I try to find a formula for everything in life, and that includes romance, but my methods haven’t proven successful because there is no formula in romance.
Jessie Cave
People will always need love, romance, a tender touch, and really personal and deeply felt music.
Susannah McCorkle
I have my hands full with my kids and so romance is not high on my list of priorities.
There is no shame in my saying that we all want to be loved by someone. As I look back over my life in romance, I don’t feel I’ve ever had that.
I like those stories that capture the brutality of life, but there’s still some kind of melancholy romance.
I think it’s a very old and deep-seated double standard that holds that when a man writes about family and feelings, it’s literature with a capital L, but when a woman considers the same topics, it’s romance, or a beach book – in short, it’s something unworthy of a serious critic‘s attention.
I think one of the bravest things about the romance genre is allowing people a happy ending.
It doesn’t matter which genre you’re working in, you try to find an honest relationship within that space, and say if it’s the romance genre, within that you have to find a story and characters that resonate with an audience.
That music and the lyrical aspects of Razorblade Romance is so personal to me that, now with me being grown up a bit and meeting new people and doing new things, it makes me look at the same things I was writing about back in the day through a different colored lens.
All my films are, in some way, romances. But I’ve always felt that the best romances are somehow doomed.
I’m mostly a historical romance reader, but I never miss a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book. Her characters are larger than life and heartbreakingly real at the same time. I don’t know how she does it.
Julia Quinn
No matter how troubled a character’s history, romance novels tell us, love can be built upon it, and happily-ever-after can result. What’s more, the darker the past, the brighter the future – and the better the read.
I am a mix of both old classic romance and modern. I think it is up to what suits the two people in love best!
I love being a part of a romantic comedy. I’ve done a lot of comedies but haven’t always had a ton of romance in them.
I have worked in comedies and romance genre, so I wanted a change. I wanted to do some tough work.
I write nothing but contemporary romances.
I believe strongly in writing groups such as Romance Writers Of America that offer support, information and networking.
When a lot of people watch these Victorian-era shows, they’re in love with the costumes, the romance, the whole sweep of it all. But there is nothing nostalgic about ‘The Knick’ at all.
Romance is alive and well in America, but the 50 percent who can’t make it work fail because of selfishness. It gets down to that. You can’t oversimplify it because every situation is so complex.
I love period dramas – be it romance or philosophy.
Plum‘s are probably the funniest, but all the books have their own degree of humor. But if you’re hooked into ‘Ranger,’ you’re reading it for the romance.
Every good movie I watch, the hero becomes my favourite

Every good movie I watch, the hero becomes my favourite. I start blushing every time a hero romances a heroine.
I always think the most romantic books or films are the ones where the romance doesn’t happen, because it makes your heart ache so much watching it.
Certainly, light fiction exists and encompasses mysteries or second-class romance novels, books that are read on the beach, whose only aim is to entertain. These books are not concerned with style or creativityinstead they are successful because they are repetitive and follow a template that readers enjoy.
In 1976, I read a book by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and knew immediately that I, too, could write a historical romance. It took me a year to complete the manuscript. I was a forty-year-old Scarborough housewife who knew no one in publishing.
I love books where you feel you’re having a romance with the writer.
Joseph O’Neill
Jealousy can even be good for love. One partner may feel secretly flattered when the other is mildly jealous. And catching someone flirting with your beloved can spark the kind of lust and romance that reignites a relationship.
‘Ready Player One’ has it all – nostalgia, trivia, adventure, romance, heart, and, dare I say it, some very fascinating social commentary. The novel follows Wade Watts through the virtual reality world, the OASIS, and on a quest to uncover and unlock the secrets buried deep inside.
Romance is a bird that will not sing in every bush, and love-affairs, however devoted the sentiments that inspire them, are often so business-like in the prudence with which they are conducted, that romance is reduced to a mere croaking or a disgusted silence.
E. F. Benson
I approached everything, my job, my family, my romances, with intensity.
I wrote Time’ while I was filming ‘The Umbrella Academy‘ and it is a tribute to the journey of my character on the show as well as to the music of My Chemical Romance, but it is also about the idea of living fully in the present moment.
Husbands and wives, first be faithful to each other. Second, keep the romance going all of your life by courting each other every day.
I can’t seem to help writing love stories. I definitely crave romance. When I was young, I craved romance in books, but I didn’t want to read just romance – love plays such a big part in our lives, it shouldn’t be cut out and restricted to its own fiction.
I have nothing against romanticism. I’m all for it. I’m helpless in the face of romance.
I have one secret tattoo. ‘True Romance’ is my favourite film of all time and in the film the two lovers get matching tattoos of a cherub holding a heart with a banner in it. They obviously get each other’s name in it, but mine is empty and will stay empty.
There is a whole generation of romance readers and writers who suffer from what I like to think of as ‘Thorn BirdsFever.
Romance, eternal love, exists in very few cases. And that’s a reality you just have to accept.
Pepe Reina
The audience loved ‘Aashiqui 2’. We are happy we could bring back the time of romance in Bollywood.
I’ve always seen ‘Y’ as an unconventional romance between a boy and his protector. It was always about the last boy on Earth becoming the last man on Earth, and the women who made that possible.
I stayed in submission to my husband, and he allowed me to do anything I wanted to. I felt like I was lucky to have that kind of romance.
June Carter Cash
The film is a romance with songs and dances, aimed at a family audience.
Amid all the horror films releasing in Tamil Nadu, ‘Uyire Uyire,’ with its focus on romance, will be a relief.
I came out of what we romance writers call The Romance Ghetto, because we get so little respect.
Karen Robards
I could have been on a path that led to different, more traditional teen romance, and ‘Nip/Tuck’ shook me loose from any generalization I might have been forced into. It helped me understand I wanted to take on things that were edgier, more challenging and riskier.
Seth Gabel
I want to remind the new generation about the power of old school romance.
I have just finished my novel (rough draft). It is to be called ‘Anacoluthon.’ This will make the public think it is an historical romance.
My mother wrote a couple of romances when I was a kid, and I always saw books in our bookshelf with ‘Schroeder’ on the spine.
Karl Schroeder
When I was in law school, there was a used book store nearby. I picked up a Harlequin romance and read it. It was stress relieving.
Karen Robards
I am eagerly waiting to play the lead role in a romantic show! I have such a strong role in ‘Balika Vadhu,’ but none of the guys in the show romance me on screen.
Girls may love movies about fairytale princes, but their most captivating romance is with their friends.
The emphasis in ‘Notting Hill’ was perhaps, I thought, slightly more on the romance than on the comedy. But I think ‘Mickey Blue Eyes‘ is maybe slightly more on the comedy. And the tone on ‘Mickey Blue Eyes,’ it’s a far sillier film.
Obscure as still remains the origin of that ‘genre’ of romance to which the tales before us belong, there is little doubt that their models, if not their originals, were once extant at Constantinople.
To be honest, I chose romance because writing a book se

To be honest, I chose romance because writing a book seemed so dauntingly long. I looked around for something short, discovered Harlequin romances, and decided to read a few to see if I could do it.
Lori Wilde
I regard the ‘Descendants‘ as a melodrama, and all scenes have been the trappings to increase the element of romance, I thought. In that sense, I am very satisfied and have great respect for the decisions of the writers.
I love romance comics. I grew up with ‘Archie‘ and got into other classic series as I got older, and I’ve been diving into ‘Patsy Walkersince starting work on this project.
Until we have created a romance of peace that would equal that of war, violence will not disappear from people’s lives.
Harry Graf Kessler
My favorite Christmas movie is ‘Elf,’ and I think there’s a really cute romance in ‘Elf.’
Alex Roe
Romance isn’t measured by how viral your proposal goes. The Internet age may try to sell you something different, but don’t ever forget that viral is closely associated with sickness – so don’t ever make being viral your goal.
When a group of ultra-opinionated, uber-creative romance authors get together, I’m sure you guys can imagine how fast the ideas start flying!
In fiction, as in real life, love might inspire acts that are at best foolish and at worst life-threatening, but in the best romances, love is the final, secret ingredient that turns mere mortals into heroes and heroines.
Regency romances end in marriage; zombie stories end in the zombies being vanquished. ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ delivers both.
I do films that I like. I have done comedy, romance, everything, and I always like to do it differently from the previous ones.
The beauties of the game may be lost on some of us sometimes, but many children will read about football when they will read nothing else, not for realism or glamour but for romance.
Jan Mark
I know that some endeavor to throw the mantle of romance over the subject and treat woman like some ideal existence, not liable to the ills of life. Let those deal in fancy who have nothing better to deal in; we have to do with sober, sad realities, with stubborn facts.
The best romance writers know there’s nothing that builds conflict or makes a gentleman of a rogue more quickly than responsibility.
No matter where I go, I actually have a lot of couples coming and telling me that one of my songs was instrumental in strengthening their romance!
If you call it a romance, it will never be reviewed by the ‘New York Times‘ or any other respectable literary venue. And that’s okay. I can live with that.
People will say, ‘I really don’t like romance,’ or, ‘I don’t read it – at all!’ So how do they know? Weirdly, I think that the ‘Fifty Shades of Greyphenomenon introduced women to romance who would never have read it. And that means that they then go on to read my books, and that would be great.
It’s a given that we exist in a world where we have to live in continuity every day; no one is immune to that, in life or romance novels. By the same token, it’s not something I find terribly important.
Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
Human beings enjoy the myth of romance.
I love the concept of the romance that exists when people are broken. Like, the promise of a romance when you’re at the bottom. I think that’s infinitely compelling and romantic.
Even the geekiest of guys could get the girl if he read every romance novel that came out in any given month.
Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.
I’ve had enough off-screen romances and now I’m happy being socially and emotionally challenged, on and off camera.
I am a creator of TV shows. ‘Lifestyle‘ ran for 14 years… that was pleasurable. We also had ‘Runaway‘ for eight years. We did two years of a show called ‘The Start of Something Big’, and we did a network series called ‘Fame, Fortune and Romance.’
If you are in a breakup, you might as well go all the way and spend the summer in Samarkand, with no air-conditioning, learning a language you have no use for. At least it adds some romance to a depressing situation.
I have a huge promotion: you’ve heard from me on ‘Vantage Point‘ and also with ‘Cyrano Fernandez’ – that is a Venezuelan movie that I star in and co-produced, and it’s based on the romance of Cyrano de Bergerac. And it’s set in a Venezuelan slum. It’s a free version of the French play.
If I look back on my life, you can almost tell the story of it through pop songs. Romances as a teenager, your first kiss, first love, first heartbreak.
French culture is known for many great attributes, some of which probably have nothing to do with food, wine, and romance.
I think it’s one of the great enrichments of life, romance.
Since my romance novels had all been thrillers as well, it wasn’t such a leap for me to move into the straight thriller genre. The most difficult part, I think, was being accepted as a thriller writer. Once you’ve written romance, unfortunately, critics will never stop calling you a ‘former romance author.’
I could not sit down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life.
Irvine is such a safe, stable, planned community, and I

Irvine is such a safe, stable, planned community, and I’m a person who has a lot of inner longing for drama and romance. So I think in some way the structure of Irvine made me more creative because I had these boundaries, and I thought outside them.
I would see Shah Rukh in most romantic films. I would see him in ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘Pretty Woman.’ He is the king of romance.
Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young.
John Greenleaf Whittier
There are two words that send romance authors into spasms of rapture: ‘Downton Abbey.’
While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.
Someone gives jewelry, and there’s a bit of romance. If you buy it from a store, the store is trying to romance you. Even when I’m making the jewelry, I have to be romanced.
The romance that can never really gel because of the powers that be… that’s a great conflict.
The time of illusion, then, is the beautiful moment of passion; it represents the artistic zone in which the poet or romance writer ought to be free to do the very best that he can.
I love the house we’re in, but at the same time, I’m hooked on the romance of house-hunting.
The trick to great romance is in overcoming adversity. In realizing that love is worth some uphill climbs.
If you lift the romantic element out of my plots, you still have fully formed mysteries. In the same fashion, if you pull the mystery out of a historical romance, you are left with a perfectly satisfying story.
Deanna Raybourn
I believe that we all have ambitions and we all want to achieve something. But the larger things in life that happen to us are already pre-meditated, pre-destined. So we should just romance life.
I am a die-hard romantic at heart and love the idea of love. But, when it comes to love, I kinda believe in the old world charm of romance – where there’s mystery and intrigue.
Modern science, then, so far from being an enemy of romance, is seen on every hand to be its sympathetic and resourceful friend, its swift and irresistible helper in its serious need, and an indulgent minister to its lighter fancies.
A romance novel is more than just a story in which two people fall in love. It’s a very specific form of genre fiction. Not every story with a horse and a ranch in it is a Western; not every story with a murder in it is a mystery; and not every book that includes a love story can be classified as a romance novel.
Leigh Michaels
There’s one great script that hit my desk that I didn’t change at all, and that was True Romance.
I want to play whoever is opposite ‘Iron Man.’ I want to romance Robert Downey Jr.
Here’s the thing about romance novels: The moment when the hero and heroine discover that they’re perfect for each other is often the moment when it’s them against the world.
I love romance stories; I’ve been working on ‘School Spirit‘ over at Rosy Press, which is sort of a modern take on a classic romance comic – so I’m clearly a fan!
I’m very fickle when it comes to genre. I read YA, non-fiction, mysteries, romance. I’ll read anything that comes with a strong recommendation.
My mom is very romantic. As is my dad. They appreciate real romance.
In the Tea Party era, it is the restless conservative Republican who has become passion’s plaything, the toy of impetuous romance, an erotomania only intensified by the lusting for an upstart savior.
I love romance. I think our skin clears up and we’re nicer when you are in love.
I would like Albert Brooks to have received the Oscars for best actor, best director and best screenplay for ‘Modern Romance.’ I love that movie.
Eighty-five per cent of the time, people want to talk about ‘True Romance.’ That’s the film I’ve made that really seems to have stuck with people.
I think great romance needs great obstacles and textures.
I worked for seven years doing computer graphics to pay my way through graduate school – I have no romance with computer work. There’s no amount of phony graphics and things making sound effects on the screen that can change that.
When romance is done well in a movie, it’s awesome.
Most of the pop videos I’ve seen that have any male/female interaction are usually centered around a romance – and that’s great, I am all for romance. But let’s face it, there are a lot of other sexualities and identities that are well-deserving of some shiny pop video love.
I could go my whole life and say, ‘I’m not going to do anything with a love triangle,’ but whenever you have a romance, there has to be some obstacle, and even the dumbest romantic comedies have a love triangle or something.
A romance is a courtship story. In the 19th century, the definition of the romance genre was an escape from daily life that included adventure and love and battle. But in the 20th century, that term changed, and now it’s deemed only a love story, specifically a courtship story.
My songs are my girlfriends. I have a secret romance wi

My songs are my girlfriends. I have a secret romance with all of them. I romance with them year after year.
Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.
George William Curtis
One of the most common criticisms of romance is that the genre is too prescribed: If every romance novel ends happily ever after, don’t the stories lack complexity? Don’t the readers get bored?
I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love – and it being more important and special than anything and everything else.
Yes, I’m a fan, and ‘The Lost City of Z’ has been my inspiration. Percy Fawcett was one of my heroes, and I loved the book and the film. I was lost in the same area that Fawcett had explored, and I can identify with his sense of passion and obsession, and I definitely see the romance in searching for lost treasure.
I am obsessed with the Great Depression and with former showgirls – and the Victorians – the idea of wistful, dark romance.
For me, I sort of felt like it was kind of a fairytale… but an interesting one. I don’t know of anybody who has had a romance quite like this, but I certainly know people who have stuck it out.
I read almost no romantic fiction, in part because I barely believe in romance in the age of Tinder.
There’s a stigma that guys hate romance and hate love, but that’s not true. Look at ‘Iron Man.’ There’s a whole through-line plot about his relationship with Pepper, and everybody loves it.
Every time you see a black romance, it’s over-the-top. There always has to be extreme hostility between the sexes. He has to cheat. She has to show him how independently strong she is, not just as a woman but as a black woman.
In a single lifetime, roughly from 1865 to 1930, one finds the pioneering and patterning works of modern fantasy, science fiction, children’s literature and detective fiction, of modern adventure, mystery and romance.
The fragrance that suits me best is Romance by Ralph Lauren. It seems to blend into my chemistry, so it is nice and subtle. I don’t like to be doused in scent. This one is feminine, fresh and a bit musky.
I’ll tell you what I hate – bands like My Chemical Romance.
I’m not a romantic. In life I didn’t have much experience with romance.
Romance is important, but to have a friend you can use as a mirror, who can give you an objective response, that’s what’s really important.
The lovers of romance can go elsewhere for satisfaction but where can the lovers of truth turn if not to history?
Katharine Anthony
I read all of Rider Haggard‘s books. For me he had the romance of Africa with a little bit of mysticism. I’m delighted to be looked on as his heir and be categorised as an adventure novelist because that’s exactly what I am.
I think we worry way too much about where books should fit inside genres. In a romance, the hero and heroine are on a journey together, and no matter how awful it gets, by the end of the book they’ll be in love, with the probability of a happy ending.
For a century, women have binged on romance novels that encouraged them to associate intimidation with infatuation; it’s no wonder that this emotional hangover still lingers.
There are a lot of really good Punjabi films with great content pertaining to family drama, romance, and history.
Nothing ever seems straightforward in Venice, least of all its romances.
I love romance. I’m a sucker for it. I love it so much. It’s pathetic.
I don’t like to search too much. I find it is easier when romance finds you.
Michelle Trachtenberg
I just downloaded ‘1984’ for my iPod, but I’ve read that before. It just hearkens back to the ‘romance’ of my high-school days. I really liked the space I was in when I was reading it.
There aren’t rules in a romance, so they can be played any number of ways.
From his very first works, it was clear that Henri Sauguet would bring spontaneity, romance, and a nonacademic approach back to modern music.
Christian Dior
Boring heroines are, in my opinion, the most common romance mistake. We loathe hanging out with women who define themselves purely through their relationships… why would we want to read about them?
My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die.
Childhood and adolescence are nothing but milestones: You grow taller, advance to new grades, and get your period, your driver‘s license, and your diploma. Then, in your 20s and 30s, you romance potential partners, find jobs, and learn to support yourself.
I wasn’t captivated by the romance of Paris or London. I love visiting, but I’d rather be in L.A.
I think that musicians should never forget about the intimacy of bringing two people together, and the aesthetic transference where you’re almost vicariously involved in a romance between other people.
Joe Williams
Romance is one of the sacred temples that dot the lands

Romance is one of the sacred temples that dot the landscape of life.
I always say ‘thriller;’ if they see you’re a woman – and you’re a blond woman – people assume you’re writing about cats and romances where somebody has died.
It’s true that romance novels do detail the courtship phase of a relationship. We usually write ‘And they lived happily ever after’ before our heroine starts snoring or our hero starts tossing his socks over the hamper.
Romance and girls I don’t talk about anymore: it’s off limits. I just want to keep it private.
I have nothing against romance. I believe that we must hold on to the right to dream and to be romantic. But an Indian village is not something that I would romanticize that easily.
I have been together with my husband for 33 years. Romance can still be there if you don’t see each other brushing your teeth. There’s something very nasty about brushing your teeth and then all that flossing.
We are definitely modernizing ‘The Three Musketeers’ without compromising the fun of shooting a period piece. But in our film, corsets and feathered hats don’t take center stage. Our version is rich in eye-popping action, romance, and adventure.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
I love movies, of course. ‘Terminator 3’ and ‘Bad Boys II’ – lots of action. Sports movies, action movies, comedies – I’ll go to those, but not ‘las de amor.’ Not romance. It’s not that I don’t like love, but on the screen it bores me.
Sergio Garcia
It’s true – women want the fantasy. So give them romance – but without the desperation, wondering, and waiting you see in the movies.
I’m obsessed with those old romance films. I also would love to venture into the silent film world. I think that’s extremely compelling and interesting and really relies on the acting, even more so than when you have an actor speaking.
Sami Gayle
If you believe in romance, and if you believe in marriage, you also have to believe in divorce. It’s like, with ‘Getting On,’ a lot of people say, ‘I don’t want to watch that. It’s so dark.’ But you can’t just want to go to weddings and children’s birthday parties. You’ve got to witness it all.
Marriage is hard work, and it’s not all romance and flowers.
If a man lets all of my dogs sleep in the bed with us, then that is the most romantic thing. You must love my dogs in order to love me. A man who is nice to my animals and doesn’t shoo them away – well, that’s the height of romance.
I’ve had a love affair with the desert ever since I can remember. No matter what I wrote – contemporary romance, spy thriller, high fantasy – it was going to have a desert in it.
I don’t know if this is because I’m a bit too old, but it is true that I’m getting insensible about romance recently. I’m very used to being alone now, and I don’t think that’s not half bad.
Gong Yoo
A relationship to me is never about the romance.
When I was growing up, I always read horror books, while my sister read romance novels. My sister became unmarried and pregnant during high school, and she kept saying, ‘This wasn’t supposed to happen! Why is this happening to me?’ Someone should have given her another book to read.
We go on dates thinking that person is our future husband or wife, without getting to know them, as we live in a fantasy and an illusion of romance.
YVM’ is a feel-good romance.
A wedding, a great wedding, is just a blast. A celebration of romance and community and love… What is unfun about that? Nothing.
What I really want to do is create great roles for women. And I’m not talking Nicholas Sparks romance. I think women’s roles have gotten ghettoized in these sort of places… I’m thinking women in action, comic books, or like the Tony Soprano of women. We need some complex roles.
Romance is mush, stifling those who strive.
Billy Strayhorn
I still don’t understand why the tag of ‘action hero‘ follows me. My films have all these elements – romance, action and comedy. None of the fight sequences of my character is an act of randomness. There’s a reason to action in my films.
Sunny Deol
I’ve written 26 books and novellas as Molly O’Keefe. I moved through three different Harlequin lines and into single-title romance with Bantam writing under that name. Fun fact: It’s not my name, and it’s not even one I picked.
Molly O’Keefe
I think romance is anything honest. As long as it’s honest, it’s so disarming.
Marseilles, Barcelona, Trieste, Istanbul – each romances the Mediterranean in its own fashion, mostly by embracing the sea in sweeping C-shaped bays that date back to antiquity.
Romance is tempestuous. Love is calm.
Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life.
The difference between being a part-time writer and a full-time writer is like the difference between dating someone and living with them. Some of the romance is gone, but you learn things you’d never know just by dating.
Scott Westerfeld
We all face difficulties of our own, and how comforting it is to immerse yourself in a book – my book, any book, any romance. It’s entertainment, it’s escape, and it can even be an inspiration!
Debbie Macomber
As we wrote 'Book 1,' before the audience had ever laid

As we wrote ‘Book 1,’ before the audience had ever laid eyes on Korra and Asami, it was an idea I would kick around the writers’ room… The more Korra and Asami’s relationship progressed, the more the idea of a romance between them organically blossomed for us.
My understanding of romance novels was that it was on the beach with a glass of rose.
Time seems to slow down after the winter holiday. New York loses all of its winter romance and is just cold.
I don’t really get the same kinda romance that I would get from, like, jazz. And even to a lesser extent to rock ‘n roll. Rock ‘n roll has a romance to it – how can I put it? A very vulgar romance, but still a romance; whereas hip hop has more facade.
You can’t make an action movie without action, and so, you can’t make a romance movie without romance.
In Bonn, where I studied for a year, I changed from classical to Romance philology, taught there by its great founder, F. Diez, and at the beginning of 1852, I received the doctorate for a dissertation on the refrain in Provencal poetry.
Paul Heyse
The main business of a lawyer is to take the romance, the mystery, the irony, the ambiguity out of everything he touches.
It is not because I do not love my adopted land – it is the natural feeling of one far from home, who remembers those happy, carefree days when life flowed at full tide, without responsibility, flashing past one like the drama in a fascinating story of adventure and romance.
Erich von Stroheim
We’re often blinded by romance; we decide to not see things we don’t want to see, and put up with behavior that we shouldn’t put up with.
Georgia King
I know nothing about love and romance, so I prefer to stick to just comedy.
My life isn’t just one genre. It’s a romance one minute, an action movie the next – it’s actually rarely, rarely an action film, to be frank.
By the time I was 10 or 12, I had discovered the lure of the romance genre – and the dusty copy of ‘The Thorn Birds’ on my parents’ bookshelf.
I think that romance sort of coincides with effort, so you can fall flat on your face, but as long as you’re making a great effort, I think it comes off as romantic. So it can be something as simple as, like, if you’re someone who doesn’t cook, you can make a meal.
I don’t write the kind of ‘happily ever after’ that romance readers enjoy.
Charlaine Harris
I told my wife that I want to take a three-year break. She supported me and said, ‘Please go ahead.’ I am grateful that she supported me. For me, this romance and understanding is very important in our marriage.
The extraordinary thing in all the versions of ‘Camelot’ and the Arthurian legend is that it’s all about the romance and the passion. It’s all about great ideals compromised by falling in love with the wrong person.
I live with romance in my brain. I’m a true-blue Cancerian like that.
The audience always looks for a change. After a spate of action, and romance, now they want to laugh.
Kovai Sarala
Without romance, films will be boring. I doubt if people now understand romance, though they may claim it otherwise. I am very romantic in real life.
Sunny Deol
We tend to connect bad food and bad habits with romance and sex.
Romance, like the rabbit at the dog track, is the elusive, fake, and never attained reward which, for the benefit and amusement of our masters, keeps us running and thinking in safe circles.
Beverly Jones
I’ve had mainstream readers complain that the book is really a romance, and romance readers complain that the book isn’t a romance – with the same book! It really depends on the individual reader’s expectations going into the story, and that’s very hard to predict person to person.
Too many women throw themselves into romance because they’re afraid of being single, then start making compromises and losing their identity. I won’t do that.
Julie Delpy
The addition of romance in my books or mystery to a historical romance is the sauce, not the goose.
Deanna Raybourn
I think romantic comedies in general are marketed towards women, and I think men are half the romance, so why not have some that are truly from a male point of view.
The damaged wealthy hero is actually a hugely common trope in romance, and alpha heroes are very common in romance.
Gone are the days when heroes are emotionally locked away from the world until the end of the book, and thank goodness for that. Modern romance heroes are more complex than ever.
Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!
I do think of ‘The Idiot,’ in a way, as a self-standing book about a certain struggle to make meaning, the struggle for a girl to find meaning outside of the romance plot.
I also wanted to make a record that was about other things than romance, yeah, after two years on the road singing all the songs from the first album, I got kind of tired of that.
People who would never sneer at sci-fi and murder mysteries have no trouble damning the whole romance genre without reading one.
I am just like any other girl, a sucker for romance.

I am just like any other girl, a sucker for romance.
I am ready to work hard, do comedy, romance and action. Just give me that trust.
Constant romance with my laptop through the day is a must for me, whether I am using it to send emails or just google something, which I do quite often, as I love to keep myself well-informed with my Blackberry.
Though rom-coms aren’t necessarily my cup of tea, I was a huge fan of ‘Notting Hill.’ I laughed a lot, and the romance got to me.
There are people out there who would enjoy my books but wouldn’t pick them up because they think it’s not going to be for them. I find it infuriating.There’s a lot more going on in my books than just romance.
When you become famous at 19, it does a number in your head, so you find romance in the mundane – isn’t it so great that a guy would pick me up at my house and take me to a restaurant?
The hero of a mainstream stand-alone novel can get by with things the hero of a sweet traditional category romance wouldn’t dream of doing.
Leigh Michaels
Had Elizabeth Bennet known how wildly Darcy’s heart beat for her, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ would barely have made it into a short story. Their torturously slow-burning romance is a classic example of how men and women still struggle to communicate the most basic of emotions.
My daughter loves romances. She’s a Ph.D student at George Washington University, and when my first book without a clinch cover came out, she said to me: ‘Finally, a book I can read on the Metro.’
Ann Maxwell
Read everything! Don’t just read things that are in your comfort zone or things that you think you’re already going to like. Experiment; try new stuff and try new genres. If you read a lot of romance, then start reading mystery. If you read a lot of mystery, start reading fantasy.
I love writing romance, along with science fiction and fantasy – and my books usually meld all three to some degree.
I, for one, love kids in my romance novels. When done right, kids add so much conflict. Not just of the ‘interruption on the way to the bedroomvariety. But conflict about commitment and insecurity.
Molly O’Keefe
In a romance novel, the core story is the developing relationship between a man and a woman. The other events in the story line, though important, are secondary to that relationship.
Leigh Michaels
For me, it’s about the impact that the role has in the film overall. Less or more screen time, whether I get to romance the hero, is not the yardstick I go by. If my part is strong enough, then why not?
I auditioned several times before I got the part in ‘Shuddh Desi Romance.’
Mathematics has beauty and romance. It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It’s an extraordinary place; it’s worth spending time there.
I think back on that day when 16-year-old me scribbled on some silly piece of paper for some long-forgotten high school career-day project that my dream job was ‘romance novelist.’
We haven’t lost romance in the digital age, but we may be neglecting it. In doing so, antiquated art forms are taking on new importance. The power of a handwritten letter is greater than ever. It’s personal and deliberate and means more than an e-mail or text ever will.
Horror isn’t only about ghosts or monsters. For example, paranormal romance seems the antithesis of horror. Once you have a sexy, fun vampire who is sweet, and you have a happy ending, it’s not horror.
Ellen Datlow
My fiction is reviewed by the mainstream press, by science fiction periodicals, romance magazines, small press publications and various other journals, including some usually devoted to archaeological and other science material.
The appeal of romance is love. And that’s universal.
Penny Jordan
The romance stuff is easy. A sex scene… that’s hard, because you don’t know what to do. Those scenes are awkward.
John Turturro
I love the romance in Kimberly Derting’s ‘The Body Finder.’ ‘Cold Kiss’ by Amy Garvey is unbelievably touching – and about so much more than just romantic love.
Claudia Gray
Liberals and conservatives are looking for entirely different things. Their attitudes toward romance and how they court are really dramatically different. There’s almost no overlap.
When you are travelling, there’s romance, and there’s music.
I joined the army on my seventeenth birthday, full of the romance of war after having read a lot of World War I British poetry and having seen a lot of post-World War II films. I thought the romantic presentations of war influenced my joining and my presentation of war to my younger siblings.
I want to bring more lawv and romance into the society.
To be joining ‘The Hunger Games‘ family is such a thrill. It deserves the hype because it’s well written, handles really big subject matter, but doesn’t talk down to its audience. And then there’s the romance element.
We’ve all known how to smile since the beginning of time. We’ve all gotten married since the beginning of time. We’ve all had romance, glamour, and splendor. Representing that is incredibly important, because period drama for people who aren’t white shouldn’t mean only spotlighting trauma.
The best advice I can give a girl is to keep new relationships private. There is nothing like a handful of well-intentioned ‘girlfriend advice’ to derail a blooming romance.
The thing about relationships is, the stronger they get, the more rapidly the realm of romance starts to overlap with the domestic.
There's a certain nostalgia and romance in a place you

There’s a certain nostalgia and romance in a place you left.
Work place romances always seem to get very confused and peculiar, in my experience.
Sean Pertwee
Falling in love, romance, matters of the heart – when you fall in love, on some biochemical level you know there is a chance it won’t work out. It’s ingrained in us that if you take such an enormous risk on someone with your heart that it might not pay off. I gamble all my chips and I might actually lose everything.
I think the thing about love is that even though the things around us change, we as human beings, a lot of the ways we interact, and the ways we love each other is timeless. It requires trust, honesty, commitment, romance, and physical chemistry.
If you have a good inner life, you don’t get lonely. I’ve got a good imagination. I don’t miss romance.
Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It’s the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, ‘This is me, and I’m interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.’
There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do – but that part is for me. It’s my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There’s a sadness to it, but there’s romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person.
Bromance is a steady investment of years and the guys know each other through and through. On the other hand, romance is something that requires more investment in a shorter span of time.
I’m a huge fan of romance as a concept.
I think of my books now as suspense novels, usually with a love story incorporated. They’re absolutely a lot harder to write than romances. They take more plotting and real character development.
Love is an action verb, and romance is the result of those actions.