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Features Of Gothic Romance Novels


Gothic romance novels or stories were popular in the 18th and 19 century. This was a very interesting type of romance genre which was mainly governed by mystery. They were known to touch on the supernatural and those who have a liking for horror found them especially entertaining. Their setting was a hall mark of haunted castles and medieval ruins. According to Wikipedia, Gothic romance fiction is a style of writing that combines romance and horror. This is a combination that can best be termed as wicked passion of horror. The man who is believed to be the inventor of the genre is the author English man Horace Walpole. This is evident in his Gothic fiction novel of romance which he released in 1764. The famous novel is known as 'the castle of Otranto'. Readers have stood out to love this kind of writing and mainly because there is a pleasure that comes from reading about great terror and fear. Adding a good love story to the equation has only made the style more impacting to the readers.

There are so many Gothic romance novels that have been written since 1764. They come with features that are unmistakable. Some of the most common features of a Gothic romance novel include the following. The first most recognized feature is terror. This is a terror that is both psychological and physical. When reading the stories, you are bound to be captivated by terror which keeps the fans electrified as they read. The other feature is mystery. It comes in form of the supernatural where you find ghosts and haunted houses. The fiction was birthed from deep believes in supernatural things. There are many people who do not regard the fiction as just fantasy. For example, many readers believe that a house can be haunted by ghosts. Some of these believes have proved to be ingrained in society and it is almost like they are part of us. There are those who get so scared while reading the stories while others find great pleasure in them.

Gothic romance novels will also have other features like death, darkness, decay, madness, secrets and hereditary curses. Many people have labeled the literature as demonic and satanic. This is mainly because the stories are associated with so much evil and vices. However, despite what others think, Gothic novels on romance have continued to thrill many eager fans all over the world. Most people appreciate the stories of love and how triumph is able to play out amid dark adventure. For more information about the Gothic love stories and the Gothic culture, you can go online and, you will find out more. You will also find information on the development of the literature. This information is pretty exciting and, you will get to learn new things. Many novels of such genres continue to be produced. There are those novels which are very popular and, one good example is the novel by Mary Shelley called 'Frankenstein'. This is a horror story that has stuck in the minds of many a fan.

By: Francis K Githinji