Glossary

Definitions of and explanations of terms used at Romance for Men and in M/M fiction.


Gay (Literary) Fiction.

Erotica. The line between erotica and pornography can be rather blurry.

HEA (Happy Ever After). The trope or expectation that a story in the romance genre end on a happy note. Happy Ever After indicates that the couple at the end will be together forever in a land of roses, puppies and happy children.

HFN (Happy For Now). The trope or expectation that a story in the romance genre end on a happy note. Happy for now indicates that things are good at the end of the work, although they may not always remain that way.

M/M. Male/Male or Male-slash-Male.

Meet Cute. The moment in a work of M/M fiction where the main romantic characters meet.

Porn(ography). Literature designed primarily for sexual or erotic stimulation of the reader. The line between pornography and erotica can be rather blurry with porn depending more on the activities depicted and erotica depending more on the quality of the language.

Romance. Romance is a genre of fiction with particular expectations, or “tropes,” such as HEA/HFN (Happy ever after/happy for now) and themes such as “love conquers all.”

Trope. An expectation of a genre, such as a dead body in a mystery or a HEA (happy ever after) in a romance novel.


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