Hello, reader friends! We again jump on a popular bookish train as today is, you guessed it, another Top Ten list. This time, we discuss the good (or bad?) angles and elements that are romance trope favorites (or this is how I’m spinning it).
That Artsy Reader Girl | August 20: Favorite Tropes; a trope is a commonly used theme or plot device (submitted by Andrea @ Books for Muse)
In the bookworm world, I’ll boldly say, tropes are controversial. Some of us love them, others of us don’t. Some of us love a commonly used one, others of us will stay far away from a book if it even hints of said despised trope. Tropes (or a commonly used plot twist) come in many different shapes and sizes, no matter our opinions of them.
Today, I decided to share three of the tropes, all of which are romance story related, that I either love or don’t mind, depending on how they play out. Let’s get started.
Top Ten Tuesday August 20: Romance Trope Favorites
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1: The Best Friends to Lovers
Ok, this one is really something I’m split down the middle with. I can cite examples when I do like it and when I haven’t. In the pro column, I really enjoy this trope in Becky Wade’s recent Sweet on You and Just One Kiss. Both are sweet friendship stories that give their characters a solid base on which to build a strong romance. In the case of say, Covert Affairs, I didn’t love how the writers handled Auggie and Annie. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have minded them together if I’d felt their romantic interest was more genuine. Instead this relationship seems to come out of left field, and then, in the aftermath, their friendship (which was solid) is left in a kind of state of ruin. In short, it feels inauthentic to me.
In the end, I think, overall, it’s a good trope because a relationship that already has a solid base is one that much more genuine and easy to root for.
2: The Fauxmance*
Despite the potential for unlikable characters, I like the fake fiancé/fiancée or boyfriend in the world of romance tropes. I’ve seen it in a handful of Hallmark Christmas movies (Hitched for the Holidays is cute), and recently read Love at First Like. Despite the choices of its heroine near the end, I still did enjoy this novel. Something about it is oddly endearing. Melissa Tagg’s Made to Last is also an endearing story that fits in this category as does Kara Isaac’s All Made Up (sort of).
What’s your favorite ‘fake’ romance trope or story?
*Total credit to our hostess, Jana for this term! It’s the best.
3: The Hate to Love
This one definitely needs some clarification. I don’t 100% love this trope… unless it’s done really well. So, my idea of this element is more two people who maybe don’t love one another, but realize they actually do have something in common. In Netflix’s Set it Up, Harper and Charlie discover they do have something in common. When they realize their respective problem can be solved by teaming up, everything from there on in is golden.
4: The Marriage of Convenience
I don’t love this as a trope in “all” of the love stories, but I’ve read two or three that are beautiful! The one that immediately comes to mind are Kristen Hietzmann’s The Breath of Dawn. Of course, there’s also the classic Love Comes Softly, too.
5: The Old-Fashioned Romance
In conclusion, this one is an appropriate place to end. I will forever and always adore the old-fashioned charm of a love story that blossoms through letters, which can also translate to modern communication like IMs.
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