In addition, there are two ways the word "romantic" is often used nowadays. One is to indicate that something is an ideal form of love; so no, this is certainly not a romantic story in that sense. Destructive, all-consuming passion is not really ideal in life. The other way of using "romantic" is closer to the original sense, part of which is to celebrate unbridled, raw human emotion & to accept the dark side of man's nature instead of stuffing it down inside so it comes out worse later. In this sense, Romeo & Juliet is extremely romantic.