A genre (French: "kind" or "sort") is a division of a particular form of art such as literature, according to criteria particular to that form. In all art forms, genres are vague categories with no fixed boundaries. Genres are formed by sets of conventions, and many works cross into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions.
Romance or the romance novel is considered a literary genre. To be considered in the romance genre, a novel should adhere to the following criteria:
- the story must contain a relationship and romantic love between two people
- the story must have an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.