Here’s another group of tropes found in my books. We’ve talked about marriage tropes, about hero tropes, and about some relationship tropes. This group could be considered relationship tropes or protagonist tropes.
Disguise – one of the protagonists assumes a false identity for what seems like a good reason at the time. The other falls in love with the fiction and the first continues the ruse to maintain the developing relationship. I see Mistaken Identity as a variation on this – instead of a deliberate disguise, the second identity is the result of a misunderstanding, but is perpetuated in the same way as Disguise.
Broken Bird – either the hero or heroine is wounded or scarred, emotionally or physically, and is healed by the other’s love. I often write characters who need to recover from an emotional wound and learn to trust again, so these are the ones with physical injuries at the root of the emotional ones. This trope is also called Scars.
Homecoming – also called Reunion, one of the characters returns to his/her hometown. The other protagonist might have been there all along (Friends to Lovers or Second Chance at Love) or could also have arrived recently.
Orphan – one of the protagonists has been orphaned (literally or figuratively) and needs to learn about love. I’m including my voluntary outcasts here, as well.
Second Chance at Love – the hero and heroine were involved before but parted ways for some reason that seemed reasonable at the time. They meet again after an interval, and overcome those previous obstacles. I like to use this one in novellas. (In fact, I just like this one.)
Phew! Lots of tropes – and there are more to come! Are any of these your favorite? Why?
Last fall, we started to talk about tropes in my books, then other discussions took over. Today, I thought we’d get back to that topic, as there are a lot more tropes than we discussed already.
We talked about marriage tropes (Marriage of Convenience, Arranged Marriages and Runaway Brides) and also about tropes featuring the hero’s qualities (Wealthy Hero, Hidden Heir/Heiress and Bad Boy Hero). Today, we’ll start talking about tropes describing the relationship. There are a lot of these, so we’ll have to break the discussion into parts.
Enemies to Lovers – the hero and heroine meet because they’re on opposite sides of some issue or in competition for the same goal. They begin as adversaries then find common ground and love.
Friends to Lovers – the hero and heroine have been friends for some period of time, but their relationship develops into a romantic one. This includes Friends with Benefits.
Class war – the hero and heroine come from opposite ends of the social spectrum.
Destined Lovers – fate brings the hero and heroine together, but kismet faces some challenges before their happily-ever-after is achieved. One, for example, might not believe in destiny. This is a popular trope in paranormal romance – all of Dragonfire falls into this category.
Are any of these your favorite kinds of stories?
We’ll look at some more relationship tropes next week on Trope Tuesday.
This week’s Trope Tuesday is on Monday – because Ty and Amy’s book goes on sale tomorrow so they get the blog post spot. 🙂
These romance tropes focus on the characterization of the hero. What kind of hero do you like best?
Wealthy Hero – This is a trope in which the hero is rich, often considerably richer than the heroine. He might also be an Alpha Hero, who is used to demanding what he wants. He might just be accustomed to things going his way or having more opportunity. When I write one of these heroes, the heroine invariably sets him straight. Sometimes, as in Double Trouble, I take all the hero’s advantages away. Invariably, the hero realizes in these stories that money can’t buy everything.
Hidden Heir/Heiress – one of the protagonists is either in hiding or unaware of his/her inheritance of a kingdom, title or fortune. In a way, this is a variation of the Wealthy Hero, except that he might not be aware of his wealth – or he might not be able to claim it. The Snow White Bride and The Heiress are the odd stories out here, as in these books, the heroine is secretly wealthy.
Bad Boy Hero – the hero has a dark reputation but the heroine sees the good in him, and her love redeems him. This is a classic trope of love conquering all, and I’m not really surprised that it’s one of my favorites. Another variation of it is Fake Rake, in which the hero (usually in a Regency) pretends to be worse than he is, for reasons that seem like a good idea at the time.
There are more tropes featuring heroes and their traits, but we’ll examine them next week.
Do you love these three tropes as much as I do?
A trope is a plot device which has become familiar. Every genre of fiction has its tropes and romance is no different. Most readers have a favorite trope and some actively seek out books with a specific trope or tropes. I suspect that most authors have a favorite trope, too, or one they tend to use more frequently. I thought it would be fun to start a regular feature here on the blog called Trope Tuesday to look at tropes in my books.
Marriage often features as an event in a romance: here are three tropes associated with it.
Arranged marriage – the couple is compelled to marry, but their relationship develops into love. This is more common in historical romances.
The Marriage of Convenience – a variation of the Arranged Marriage. The difference is mutual consent. The hero and heroine make a deal to be married for a set period of time or pretend to be married to achieve a goal, and subsequently fall in love. I count both Fake Date and False Engagement in this category, since the intent is similar.
Runaway Bride/Groom – one protagonist flees from the altar and is pursued by the other, to their (eventual) mutual satisfaction.
It’s interesting for me to see which tropes I use most often, by accident or design. There are some which I’ve used a lot more often than these, and we’ll get to them.
Which are your favorite tropes?