Feb142018

I Blame Jane Austen for 6 Popular Tropes in the Romance Genre & My First Story Bundle (Important for Writers)

Before I start today’s blog, Gentle Reader, I’m DELIGHTED to announce that I am participating in my very first Story Bundle! It’s the Sorcery & Steam Bundle and it’s live for one month & one month only!

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Now on to your regularly scheduled blog post!

There are a lot of tropes in genre fiction and romance in particular. This is a good thing for us readers because often what we are looking for is a new take on an old trope. There is comfort in that.

A while ago, I was thinking about Jane Austen under the context of romance tropes and identified what I have called, ever since…

The 6 Austens:

  1. Emma  ~ Friends to Lovers (or Consanguinity): close friendship blossoms into romance (this one is also May/December)
  2. Mansfield Park ~ Unrequited Love: X has loved Y forever, they finally get together
  3. Pride & Prejudice ~ Enemies to Lovers: X and Y dislike each other, sparks ensue
  4. Sense & Sensibility ~ Sweet Torture (AKA On the Rocks): X and Y are perfect for one another, circumstances tear them apart
  5. Northanger Abby ~ Mistaken identity: X willfully misunderstands Y and Y’s intentions
  6. Persuasion ~ Redemption (or Reunion): X and Y have a past, mistakes were made that must be rectified

Here is a long list of some other popular tropes.

I realized, as I was mucking about with this post that these are also some of the tropes in romance that I most gravitate towards as a reader.

I suspect I should blame too much Austen in my formative years.

This made me wonder how much I’m employing these tropes myself…

  1. Friends to Lovers: Finishing School Series
  2. Unrequited Love: Custard Protocol Series (so far)
  3. Enemies to Lovers: Soulless, Poison or Protect
  4. Sweet Torture: The Sumage Solution
  5. Mistaken Identity: Romancing the Inventor
  6. Redemption (or Reunion): Romancing the Werewolf

Funny that.

I could be shoe horning them in, though, because while I like to categorize things I kinda suck at categorizing my own stuff.

Makes me wonder where How to Marry a Werewolf and The Omega Objection are going to fit.

You probably can already guess on Competence knowing who the main character is!

Yours,

Miss Gail

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5 Responses

  1. Sandy S said:

    Now that I’m ‘of a certain age’ I would call the Emma-Mr Knightley romance May-August. He’s younger than my kids.

  2. Andrew Stackhouse said:

    With so much discussion about tropes, I’m curious if you ever peruse tvtropes.org It’s quite the rabbit hole of tropes relating towards all types of media (and even real life).

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