Let’s Talk About Tropes
In the romance genre, we often see some types of plots or character types repeated. These similarities resonate for myriad reasons.
Some tropes are common in vintage or old-school romance, but not so much in modern romances. Then there are tropes that never go out of style.
What’s the appeal of a trope? Readers appreciate experiencing familiar tales in different settings or with various kinds of characters. A trope can be retold over time. In the hands of a gifted author it can appear fresh.
At Sweet Savage Flame, we’re dedicating a page to these common themes. Visit the MENU under BOOK REVIEWS and click on ADVANCED BOOK SEARCH. You’ll find a new way to search for book reviews via plots, settings, hero & heroine. We’ll be updating the list with each review.
Examples of Tropes
The main character losing his or her memory can lead to a great romance.
Second Chance at Love
Sometimes a romance is better the second time around with the same person.
Friends to Lovers
It’s always refreshing when a relationship starts out on a solid foundation of friendship.
Who does she love? Who does he love? The drama of a love triangle may result in one heart being broken, but it also provides entertainment!
Marriage of Convenience
Marriage doesn’t always begin with love. In the marriage of convenience trope, the hero and heroine marry first, on the basis of practicality, money, property, or social standing.
It’s an older trope, but it still checks out.
The old-school romance trope of the heroine having multiple lovers can be found in the more erotic romances of today.
A secret baby whose parentage has been hidden for years is at the epicenter of some romances. Emotions can turn on a dime in this type of story.
Millionaires & Billionaires
For some readers, the appeal of a mega-wealthy hero always glistens like gold.
Enemies to Lovers
There’s a bit of a thrill when we see two people who can’t stand each other get turned on by the other.
What tropes do you enjoy? Do you prefer familiar plots, characters, or settings?
Please drop a comment, and let’s talk romance.
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2 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Popular Romance Tropes”
Thanks, Jacqueline. Tropes matter to me. A lot.
There are some tropes I love. There are some tropes I feel neutral about, but I’ll read romances that revolve around them if they have other aspects going for them. And there are some tropes I love to hate!
Which are which? Well, that would require a whole article, not a comment. But allow me to note that my favorite trope isn’t on this list.
So here it is: “Such is the power of love.” Someone does something extraordinary for love.
It might be difficult, dangerous, and/or costly. It might break the rules. It might break the law. It might be downright crazy!
But love matters more than anything else. So a protag does it. And to Hell with what the rest of the world thinks!
This trope has never been easy to find. Used to be, a reader had to really look for it. But nowadays, well, forget it. It’s just not there. Today’s romance community has other matters on its mind.
So what do I do about this absence of my fave trope from today’s romances? You guessed it. I write my own!
Fabulous! I want to read your works when you release them, so please keep us updated! The power of love is an over looked trope, and when I think about, that’s kind of peculiar in a genre defined by love itself. I’ll add that trope to the page, but have to ruminate upon which books qualify. There are some books I’ve read that are based on the power of love, but I’ll have to track them down for re-reads to review.