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:
- Emma ~ Friends to Lovers (or Consanguinity): close friendship blossoms into romance (this one is also May/December)
- Mansfield Park ~ Unrequited Love: X has loved Y forever, they finally get together
- Pride & Prejudice ~ Enemies to Lovers: X and Y dislike each other, sparks ensue
- Sense & Sensibility ~ Sweet Torture (AKA On the Rocks): X and Y are perfect for one another, circumstances tear them apart
- Northanger Abby ~ Mistaken identity: X willfully misunderstands Y and Y’s intentions
- 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…
- Friends to Lovers: Finishing School Series
- Unrequited Love: Custard Protocol Series (so far)
- Enemies to Lovers: Soulless, Poison or Protect
- Sweet Torture: The Sumage Solution
- Mistaken Identity: Romancing the Inventor
- Redemption (or Reunion): Romancing the Werewolf
I could be shoe horning them in, though, because while I like to categorize things I kinda suck at categorizing my own stuff.
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