The term “romance” has multiple meanings; historical romances like those of Walter Scott would use the term to mean “a fictitious narrative in prose or verse; the interest of which turns upon marvellous and uncommon incidents”. But most often a romance is understood to be “love stories”, emotion-driven stories that are primarily focused on the relationship between the main characters of the story. Beyond the focus on the relationship, the biggest defining characteristic of the romance genre is that a happy ending is always guaranteed… perhaps marriage and living “happily ever after”, or simply that the reader sees hope for the future of the romantic relationship. Due to the wide definition of romance, romance stories cover a wide variety of subjects and often fall into other genre categories as well as romance, such as Comedy-Romance (also known as romcom films), romantic suspense and (less common now): subcategories such as hospital romances, as found in the novels by Lucilla Andrews. See Mills & Boon imprint categories and Harlequin romances categories for a partial list of other sub-genres.