Love stories are basically modern retellings of Greek tragedies. ThatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s what a love story is, and so it has these Homeric roots. Romance novels have a much shorter literary history. They have their roots in GrimmÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s fairytales ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬” which is not a condemnation of the genre.
Via HelenKay Dimon