Is it considered zina if you fantasized or imagined being in a relationship even though you did not act upon it?
Let me first tell you the difination of zina : Zina is an Islamic legal term referring to unlawful sexual intercourse. This is the difination of zina.
Do not go near adultery. It is truly a shameful deed and an evil way. Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran 17:32 Even if you think of zina it is not zina in actual, but it is a sin that to when you are thinking about the lewd and dirty things. But romantic novels do not have such thing (at least the one I know) so you can read it. Read romantic novel is not a sin but if it contains dirty and adult line that is very sexual, then it is sin. Otherwise not.