Reading other people's answers I think I've got a different definition/understanding of melodrama. For me melodrama is taking the drama too far when it falls into the sensationalised and the stereotyped/caricatured. I love drama and I enjoy reading dramatic and highly emotional stories but for me there is a different between reading something highly dramatic, that's going to have me on the edge of my seat, and something so over-the-top dramatic that it has me rolling my eyes at the words.