Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week we’re talking favourite tropes, so I’m sharing the ones I love to write as well as read!
Enemies to Lovers
My absolute favourite! I love a couple who are complete opposites and fight like cat and dog, before realising that they can actually get on. Best versions of this trope are the slow burn ones.
Along the same lines as Enemies to Lovers, this is where the couple are stuck in a situation together, such as trapped somewhere remote and/or snowed in. Any situation where they can’t just walk away from each other.
Tis better to have loved and lost… then find love again! My very first novella was a Second Chance Romance, and I still get all warm and squishy over this trope.
Us Against the World
Invading aliens. Zombie apocalypse. A couple in dire straits that learn to rely on each other and by doing so fall in love.
I blame Pretty Woman for this one. Pretend girlfriend/boyfriend or fake engagement, I luuurve this trope!
Marriage of Convenience
A step up from the Fake Relationship. This is a fake-it-till-you-feel-it trope. There can be an Unexpected Baby in the mix for added spice.
May to December
As I get older, I’m finding myself drawn to reading and writing older characters. Throw in a much younger love interest, and I’m on board.
He was a punk, she did ballet, what more can I say? Pretty much everything I’ve written has had the characters from different worlds (sometimes literally) and I love this trope either where the characters are oil and water, or where they purposefully go out to cross the lines. Star-crossed lovers with a happy ending is my catnip here.
And IIIIIIIIIII will always love youuuuuuuuu! Bodyguard romances are akin to Close Proximity ones, with an added touch of danger. Bodygiards can be make or female – I love the usual pairing flipped, though I’ve not seen it often.
So that’s my list. How does it stack up with your favourite trope(s)?