Reverse Harem Romance. What is it?
I’ve just come to realisation that the genre of Reverse Harem Romance within the book publishing world is not very well known. Of course, this only dawned on me after I’ve finished the hard road of writing Falling for Sakura, which was of course followed by editing, editing, re-writing, editing, editing, re-writing, editing, sending my baby manuscript off to the editor, then editing again, then sending it off to proof-reader, then editing again, and yet again, and finally publishing it as an eBook format. I’m still editing it for the paperback version, by the way.
Having come to this appalling conclusion, I’ve decided to write a little blog about this genre, and at the very least, enlightened some of you who are reading my blog, and maybe you, too, can enlighten others and so on.
So what is this Reverse Harem Romance genre?
Obviously, it’s a romance, and it’s a story that involves multiple men, mostly bishounen (beautiful/hot males) falling in love with the heroine. This type of romance is very popular in Japan, especially in the manga and anime world. Some of the famous or popular one derive from the Otome game, which is basically the player is the female lead and she chooses who and how she interacts with each of the male characters, and this, I think, will eventually lead to some kind of romantic ending. Please do correct me if I’m wrong here because I’ve never played an Otome game before.
Here are a few that you might have already come across:
Uta no Prince-sama: I love this animation, both first and second season. I love the songs and I especially love the boys. They’re super-hot, and of course, especially with their typical trait that you kind of get with reverse harem. Okay, I’ll admit that part of my inspiration for writing Falling for Sakura is from this animation. As you could probably tell, that’s if you’ve read the book, that Sebastian’s appearance is very similar to Ren and Darcy’s is very similar to both Toyika and Masato.
Boys over flowers: This is very famous, both in Japan and South Korea. You might have seen the romance series starring Li Min Ho as the main male lead. It’s a young adult romance about a girl going to a rich high school and encountered four bishounen boys.
Brothers Conflict: Manga and anime. It’s about thirteen—I repeat thirteen brothers pursuing one young woman, their stepsister. Sight! And here I thought seven brothers in Falling for Sakura was a lot. Brothers Conflict the animation is quite recent, and I’ll admit, I quite enjoyed it.
Diabolic Lover: I think this one is from an Otome game. I’m not sure about the manga. I’ve seen the anime. It’s pretty good. The brothers are vampires. The art is quite nice, too.
The Wallflower: I love animation. It was quite good.
Ouran High School Host Club: This animation is totally hilarious. I love this series. Definitely worth watching if you like reverse harem romance and comedy.
There are many more Reverse Harem Romance manga and animations out there. If you are interested, just google it.
So there, I do hope I’ve at least enlightened you a bit about the genre Reverse Harem Romance. If I haven’t, then I do apologize for my incompetent in doing so. And thus, if you like the sound of a story about seven brothers falling in love and pursuing one pretty young woman, and ultimately, living happily ever after, then read Falling for Sakura.
P.S. the living happily ever after bit doesn’t happen until book 3 ;)
Here’s a bit about Falling For Sakura
One young woman.
When she falls in love with two,
which brother will she choose?
In Japan, Sakura is the beautiful cherry blossom that blooms vibrantly in spring and symbolizes the insightful Buddhist phrase mono no aware, which means the pathos of things, a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. FALLING FOR SAKURA is the story of Caucasian-Japanese Sakura, her journey to finding herself, and her torn love for two very different brothers, Sebastian and Darcy Princeton.
Orphan Sakura, with no last name, is accustomed to being rejected, hated, bullied, and unloved. When she is adopted by the wealthy Princeton family, her seven brothers refuse to accept her, and her two sisters constantly bully her. Instead of admitting defeat, she gladly takes on her new life with a brave face, working hard to earn her new siblings’ trust and love. Her endeavor, however, ultimately leads to a series of unfortunate incidents.
Now years later, the twenty-three-year-old beauty dreads the moment she once again has to meet the drop-dead gorgeous brothers, due to arrive for their cousin’s wedding. Dodging their very presence is next to impossible since the brothers, who have forgotten who she is entirely, are attracted to her like moths to a flame and thwart her escapes at every turn. This, of course, leads to ungodly, tempting situations, awakens forbidden feelings, and ignites old flames that have been suppressed and laid dormant for many years. When she finds them competing for her—NOT for her sisterly affection, which she still deeply craves, but for her love as a woman—she is torn between Sebastian Princeton, the brother who loves her and watches over her from a distance, and Darcy Princeton, the brother who was once her best friend and now secretly yearns for her forgiveness and her love once again.