Bree, who is really quite brilliant, shared some advice that I liked so much I wanted to post it. She talked about the three different kinds of romances, and identifying the type of romance you might be writing.
The first is the Cinderella romance, where the woman is in love with the man, and trying to catch his attention. (See also Little Mermaid).
The second is the Beauty and the Beast romance, where the man is in love with the woman and trying to catch her attention. (See also Aladdin).
The third is the Sleeping Beauty romance, where the couple is in love but circumstances keep them apart. (See also Snow White).
Although I'm not writing a romance, per se, there is a romantic element in my book. While trying to fit it in to the three categories Bree talked about, I realized my romance didn't quite fit.
So I'd also like to submit a fourth romance for suggestion. In keeping with the Disney theme, I think there is also the Tangled romance, where the couple doesn't begin in love, but through time and circumstance that pushes them together, end up falling in love. (See also Princess and the Frog).
I think my romance might be more of a Tangled contender.
What are you writing?