Here are entered works of fiction that revolve around a central romantic relationship. Works of fiction that depict love, but do not revolve around a central romantic relationship, are entered under Love--Fiction. Works of fiction belonging to the Romance languages group are entered under Romance-language fiction. Collections of medieval metrical romances (general and French) and their prose versions are entered under Romances. Collections of medieval metrical romances in one language other than French are qualified by language, e.g., Romances, English.
Fiction that primarily depicts romantic love. For medieval chivalric tales written in prose or poetry that depict an idealized code of civilized behavior that combines loyalty, honor, and courtly love see Romances.
Use for works that are characterized by treatment of sexual love in more or less explicit detail. The sexual element is made a portion of the aesthetic, thematic, or moral aspect of the work; that is, it exists as a contributing part to some other objective than titillation or sexual arousal.