Hey there! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, what better time to talk about romance tropes in fiction? While I don’t read many books in the romance genre, romance is a popular subplot in many genres and stories. Here are 5 romance tropes I totally ‘ship.’
5. Enemies to lovers.
I’ve heard a lot of readers and authors say they hate this trope. Too bad. When it’s done well, it’s a guilty pleasure of mine. I love watching the snap judgments fade away as they spend more time together. I’m a sucker for a good slow burn. While I don’t love couples who spend all their time split between fighting and the bedroom, I love a story where the character realizes the love interest gets under their skin because they’re everything they need.
4. Forbidden Love and Secret Relationships
This one is a guilty pleasure of mine, provided it’s done well. The reasons they can’t be together need to make sense, and the stakes have to be high enough to keep them apart. Low stakes have a way of feeling more like excuses to drag things out. I like stories that keep the tension high and the odds stacked against our lovers. Maybe they’re born into different castes, or someone arranged one of them to marry a different person for political reasons. This is one of my favorite tropes to read, especially in historical fiction.
3. Second-Chance Romance
In this love story, our characters don’t approach the new relationship with stars in their eyes. Unlike a lot of other romance tropes, this one focuses on characters who had a relationship together in the past. For one reason or another, the relationship didn’t work out and our characters parted ways years ago. But now they’re together again, and old feelings resurface. Can they learn to let go of old hurts and love each other once more?
2. Uptight Loves Wild
10 Things I Hate About You, anyone? I’ll be honest: this is another trope I’m selfish to love. I’m.. not the most relaxed or easygoing person. A chronic anxiety disorder often limits my ability to CTFO and have fun with everyone else. In case you didn’t already guess, I have a dangerous attraction to outgoing and relaxed people who laugh easily and love adventure. I love when opposites come together and help balance each other.
Will They or Won’t They?
Remember how I said above I enjoy a slow burn? This is the ultimate slow burn trope in romance. Will-they-or-won’t-they romance draws out the tension between characters by keeping them in denial about their feelings. Any fans of the series BONES out there? Remember how many seasons it took for Booth and Brennan to finally get together? That moment when they finally do lights a fire in my cold little heart.
Those are my five favorite romance tropes to ship. Is there a particular style of romance you’re drawn to? Let’s chat about it in the comments. And be sure to subscribe to receive future posts and exclusive updates to your mailbox!