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Ahoy guys! In honour of Valentine’s day coming up, Jackie and I are teaming up and doing romance themed discussions for February! And today we’re going to share our favourite and not so favourite romance tropes ❤
So today’s topic is: Favourite (and not so favourite) romance tropes!
So let’s begin!
Friends to Lovers
also see: best friend/little sister romance
Jackie: One of my favorite tropes. I love seeing how the characters grow up together and know almost everything about each other. The flashbacks usually leaves me in a puddle of I want to know how they become friends.
Cyn: This one is usually a love for me! I really like the long time coming aspect, and like Jackie, the little flashback and history between the couple leaves me giggling.
Hate to Love
also see: Opposites attract, enemy to lovers
Cyn: This one is my jam! I love the banter and bickering and the tension and people falling victim to love, muaahahaa. As long as they’re not actually really mean to each other, I’m totally cool with it.
Jackie: I’m not too sure about this one but I kind of love it? The slow building for this trope can be frustrating for me because you want the characters to realize that they care about one another and while I love the snark and bickering I just want them to kiss already.
Examples: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen!, The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean, Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, Searching for Beautiful by Jennifer Probst, The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn, What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries
also see: love squares
Cyn: Booooo! I just can’t handle the back and forth and the indecisiveness. Annnnd it’s usually super predictable! We know who the heroine’s going to end up with, whhhhhyyyy must we have this angst? It’s especially worse when I don’t understand how or why everyone loves a heroine that’s kinda useless…
Jackie: Hate it because the hero often changes their mind about who they should go out with which makes me want to strangle the hero.
Examples: Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle, The Hunger Games series by Susanne Collins, Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Relationship/Marriage of Convenience
Cyn: I love this. This is probably a favourite trope in historical romance and I just love watching the couple try to figure out what’s happening and it’s just so cute when they realize that hey maybe this marriage thing can be real, it’s just adorable.
Jackie: I like this one. I love seeing how even though everything is under pretense there’s chemistry and feels and, like Cyn said, when they realize that everything is working out it’s super cute.
Examples: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West, When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare, The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes, Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Brighter Than the Sun by Julia Quinn, Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
The Rake/Charmer and the Quiet/Sweet girl
also see: Brooding/Tortured Boy, Gentle Girl
Cyn: I usually love this one, because it usually means the hero’s (who doesn’t believe in true love) been beaten by love! There’s usually some grovelling, or Grand Gesture and who doesn’t love that! Plus, the heroine usually gets to grow so much as a character, too.
Jackie: I dislike this trope because you know who the hero is going to end up with eventually.
Love at first sight (insta-love)
Cyn: Definitely kind of tired of this trope. Unless you can really give me a good reason why the couple is suddenly and entirely head-over-heels stupidly in love, or actually build some solid foundation, I probably don’t care. Most of the time it’s more likely insta-lust.
Jackie: I’m with Cyn on this one.
Examples: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (though Cyn still loved them), Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, Matched by Ally Condie, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Vampire/century old guy + the Teen Girl
Cyn: Not usually a fan. Why would a century old guy who’s lived and see the world fall for a teenage girl? You’re telling me in allllll this time, you’ve never found your “soulmate” not once until this girl? Sure. If the rest of the story is compelling, I could probably get over it.
Jackie: Hate this one. I’m not a big vampire/werewolf/mermaid/alien (whatever creature) who falls in love with a teen girl reader. Besides I find it weird that they don’t fall in love with their same species.
The Girl/Boy Next Door
Cyn: This is definitely one of favourites! I love when the couples are suck in a physically close vicinity. And usually there’s also a mix of the other romance tropes (esp. the loathe to love!).
Jackie: Love this one and especially if the Girl/Boy goes to the same school as the other.
Examples: On the Fence by Kasie West, Magnolia by Kristi Cook, It Happened One Summer by Julie James, Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, How to be Popular by Meg Cabot, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Your Universe or Mine?
Jackie: Love this trope. I find this trope to be the most romantic one because one of the character has to sacrifice a lot (usually everything) in order to be with the one they love.
Cyn: Kind of take it or leave it, but leaning more so to the love side. Okay, on second thought, I actually do love this one, because it usually means a legit issue that the couple has to overcome. And yes, definitely a lot of sacrifice usually.
also see: Forbidden romance
Cyn: This can be a hit or miss for me, but I usually enjoy it. It’s kind of similar to the Your Universe or Mine? theme. Definitely a lot more barriers to the HEA.
Jackie: Like Cyn this one can be a hit or miss for me as well because it can also be paired with the Love at First Sight trope, which I hate (see above). I might not be a big fan of the characters but I really want to see how everything ends up for them.
Examples: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Legend by Marie Lu, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
So which tropes do you like and which ones do you hate!
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