Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten Romance Tropes

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. Over the last year or so, I have fallen in love with the romance genre. I've always loved having romance in the YA I read, but I now love historical romance as well.

1. Enemies to lovers - We all know that bickering is just a cover for lust. Examples: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

2. Prince/Princess/Rebel from enemy kingdoms - They come to negotiate/fight, the end up falling in love. Examples: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, Ruined by Amy Tintera

3. Accidentally make out with the wrong person - Maybe they're aiming for their crush, who cares. They accidentally kiss the wrong person, and then the romance grows from there. Examples: Accidentally Compromising the Duke by Stacy Reid

4. New kid at school/in town/etc - They roll in to school like they own the place, and the main character's whole life changes. Examples: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

5. Stuck together at a house party/other long event - This is more for the historical romances genre. Week-long house parties are a common theme in historical romance, and a great way for two characters to fall in love! Examples: A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan

6. Meet in an odd way, then realize they'll see each other all the time - Maybe they meet at a party out of town, but they end up sharing things they don't mean to, maybe they even kiss, and then suddenly they find out they'll be spending a lot more time together. Examples: Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

7. Opposites attract - One likes to misbehave, the other is a rule-follower, together they balance each other out. Examples: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia, Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

8. Enemy families - Maybe the characters have always gotten along, but their families hate each other. Somehow their love must prevail, and end the rivalry once and for all! Examples: Romeo and Juliet

9. Magical connection - Basically anything where both characters have magical/otherworldly abilities, and when they're together, sparks fly, literally. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

10. Forbidden love - They love each other, but the world is trying to keep them apart. Maybe they're from different sides of the tracks, maybe they're two different species. Examples: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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