Contemporary romance is the most popular of the romantic genres, and is loosely described as romance taking place in a setting after WWII. There are many subgenres such as romantic comedy, erotic, and suspense though many titles can fit into multiple subgenres. Many contemporary romances make efforts to push against prejudiced attitudes and outdated romantic ideals while still appealing to readers' love of the genre. Characters represent various cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations and preferences. Many titles in the genre have moved beyond the boy-meets-girl dichotomy for a more inclusive representation of romantic relationships while still providing a happily-ever-after. This can be very empowering to some who are not used to seeing characters like themselves get to be main characters and receive a happy ending.
"I wonder if he thinks he married a girl with two personalities: vixen and wallflower." -Christina Lauren