Welcome to Iwaku's February Romance Festival! Romance in story-telling has become an under-appreciated, stereotyped, abused and cliched element. When you hear romance, the first thing to come to mind might be trashy romance novels with the mary-sue cast, formulaic romantic comedies where everything is painfully predictable... or in our world of roleplay - those shallow one on one threads where characters fall in love in the first five posts and proceed to have one-liner sex for 10 pages! However, romance can be so much MORE in a story than this. From the war over Helen of Troy. The tragic stupidity of Romeo and Juliet. The sweetness of Old Man Fredricksen and his wife in UP. The terror and confusion of a criminal boyfriend. It can be subtle and mentioned in passing. Or it can be the star of the story. This month, we hope to open your eyes to the different ways you can use romance as a story element, and add a little more depth to your romances as well as your roleplaying! Special Dated Events This Month: Heart Hunt Contest starting on the 3rd Dating Game Chat RP on the 7th Love Song Karaoke on the 8th Sweet Heart Contest on the 11th Club Fae ChatRP on the 14th The Mardi Gras Masquerade on the 15th Bachelor and Bachelorette ChatRP on the 22nd AND MORE! You Can Also Look Forward to: Romance Theme Challenges & Exercises in the Challenge Area and Academy! Workshops on Romance and Mature content by Esthalia! Roleplays in ALL of our sections! Blog posts on various subjects from romantic style to musical playlists. And stuff by YOU GUYS! THE MEMBERS! We can't have a festival without YOU also sharing content! Help show your love of the festival with these cool banners made by volunteers!