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Romances of many flavors

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1macsbrains
gen. 14, 2010, 4:38pm

I am in a bind with the "romance" tag.

There's the classic medieval type of romance, including the Arthurian romances, of which I have some.

There's the modern Harlequin type romance-as-genre romances, of which I have none.

And there's any book with a pronounced romantic subplot, or any non-genre book where relationships dominate, of which I have many.

I have no idea what to do with my tags. I like romantic books but I don't like genre romance, and if I just tag half my library with romance that isn't really helpful. I've tried "romantic" but that's not working for me in most cases.

While I love long and creative subjective tags, I like short tags for less subjective categories. I prefer not to adj_noun because then I end up with "Fantasy, Urban Fantasy" (which I have done and I don't like.) I would much prefer "Medieval, Romance" to "Medieval, Romance, Medieval Romance."

Any suggestions?

2readafew
gen. 14, 2010, 4:43pm

How about Chivalry for Medieval?

3reading_fox
gen. 15, 2010, 6:03am

I've just used romance for anybook with a relationship subplot in it, secure in the knowledge that I don't have any romance genre books to confuse it with.

You could use love for the relationship plots, and romance for the genre. I'm not sure how an Arthurian romance differs in plot form. I'd probably use Medieval, love.

4AnnaClaire
gen. 15, 2010, 10:43am

How about Chivalry for Medieval? (#2)

But what about books about the chivalry as the medieval knightly idealized way of life?

Turns out it's possible to search tagmashes in one's own library. Like this one. I found it by using the far left-hand box on the Search page.

5lquilter
gen. 15, 2010, 11:44am

I would in fact say things like "Arthurian romance" trusting people who see the tag, and myself, to understand the difference between the classical and modern uses of the term "romance" to refer to (a) adventure, myth, and so forth in the broad sense of the word "romantic", and (b) plot-based genre primarily focused on the love story.

6macsbrains
gen. 15, 2010, 2:14pm

>4 AnnaClaire:

Thanks for the notes about searching tagmashes within your library. I will have to play around with that.

>5 lquilter:

When tagging an individual book I am not concerned about confusion between the terms because it's usually obvious in that context. It's when looking at my library as a whole - when browsing my tag cloud. Romance, when I use it for books with romantic plots/subplots, ends up being one of my largest tags, and while I obviously like such books, I feel that it misrepresents my library a little. (Though if it was really misrepresenting my library I suppose it wouldn't show up so often, would it?)

I think maybe I should just use "romance" as #3 suggests which is the way I had been doing originally. (I recently read a genre romance anthology that I didn't like at all and that's probably where this hang-up is coming from...) I have a similar issue with the "classics" tag, which I think of as Ancient Greek and Roman type stuff and not things like Wuthering Heights.