Fantasy romance, also known as romantic fantasy, is a subgenre of the fantasy fiction which outlines a fantasy story by using different features which belong to the chivalric romance genre. The main themes of the fantasy romance genre are relationships, social and political backgrounds and romantic topics.
Fantasy romance usually has three plot archetypes. Firstly, these stories can narrate about a teenager who is usually raised up by a strict and abusive family and runs away. During his/her escape, the protagonist realises to have magical or supernatural powers, as well as a glorious destiny. This fate usually consists of saving a city or a place from the power of dangerous monsters.
Secondly, fantasy romance can narrate the experiences of an old individual who has lost a loved person and looks for a new life. Usually, these plots are a combination of intrigue, luck and use of magical powers. As well as this, during the whole narration, the character usually falls in love with a person who at the end of the story will become a life-partner.
Finally, fantasy romance stories narrate of adolescents and adults who are together due to circumstances and destiny. Usually, these protagonists are orphans or people at the edge of society, but own superpowers. The main themes of these plots are friendships and communities.
In most to fantasy romance books, the main characters evolve. Indeed, they usually start as solitary wanderers in a romantic fantasy and end up finding another person or a group of people.
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