13 March 2019

Falling In Love. Swoony Romance Tropes


And they lived happily ever after! A very long time ago, I shared with you that I was planning to write a discussion post about romance tropes. Now that Spring, aka the season of love, is fast approaching (in my hemisphere), I finally found myself polishing the text and creating the banners. Today, I'm talking about some of the most common romance tropes in books with some book recommendations. If you're planning a swoony Spring TBR pile, then this discussion is definitely for you.

Disclaim: Even though I'll not be mentioning couples (even if some of them are well-known), there might be some spoilers. Some of the novels mentioned feature more than one romance trope. Also, this discussion post is of the 2019 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight.


Enemies turned to lovers. This is easily one of my favourite romance tropes. In fact, I think that this is my all-time favourite romance trope. Just give me all the hate-to-love books. There's something in the slow-burning romance between two people who quarrel and mistrust each other (only then to sacrifice what they know to be together) that always brings the hopeless romantic in me to the surface.


Best friends that start to see each other differently. I don't hate this trope, but I don't love it either. I don't mind reading a love story in which two friends discover that there's something more between them than a strong friendship. However, it does not mess with my emotions as other love tropes do. It's hard for me to get emotionally involved. Unless we are talking about The Archive series, but that's because I wanted Wes for myself.


Forbidden love. Who doesn't love star-crossed lovers? This trope is another one of my favourites. I adore the heartbreak the characters go through to be together. I'm starting to think that I might be a little bit wicked. The emotions are so raw! Also, the thwarting forces that keep the lovers separated are always diverse: families that have been feuding for centuries, adversary sides on a war, mortal curses, different species, etc. I love how this trope can have all these different backgrounds.


Fake relationships that turn into realness. Isn't fascinating how a pretending relationship always makes one laugh? At least, it always makes me laugh. There's just something in the situations that the characters put themselves to keep up the pretence that always make me giggle. Even in The Hunger Games. And now I'm wondering if I don't have a twisted sense of humour...


Lovers who are destined to be together. As I mentioned above, a hopeless romantic lives inside me. The thought of two people who are meant to be together makes my heart flutter. No matter the obstacles throw in their way, these lovers always find their way back to each other. This trope is many times intertwined with insta-love, a love trope that makes me roll my eyes. I'm fine when there's a reason for insta-love, like soul mates, but I will always be annoyed by people falling in love with just one glance. But that's just me.


Love triangles. So, today I'll not point out how much I dislike love triangles. Okay. I can't. I tried, but I can't. Love triangles annoy me because many times the suitors share the same personality and the main character acts silly because her heart is torn in two. Nevertheless, I will say that there are some tolerable love triangles because the main character doesn't let her fluttering heart to cloud her judgment.


Arranged marriages. I'm not talking about arranged marriages with abusive villains, such as in The Hundredth Queen. I'm referring to arranged marriages celebrated for political reasons or to break curses in which the main characters slowly develop real feelings for each other. The building romance amid distrust and secrets (and some bickering) is so enticing. 


What is your favourite romance trope? Did I forget to mention any trope you love? Which one(s) do you dislike the most? What is your OTP? ❤


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12 comments:

  1. I love pretend lover trope 😍😍

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    1. I need all the books with fake relationships in my life. 😺

      Happy readings! ;)

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  2. This is an amazing post <3 My fave romance trope is definitely friends to lovers, but I love fake relationships that turn real, too. That's always so entertaining.

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    1. Aww, thank you. <3 I believe I'd be lot more fond of friends to lovers if it had happened to me - but he never looked at me differently. Fake relationships are the most entertaining relationships ever. =P

      Happy readings! ;)

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  3. I love the enemies to lovers trope, as well as the fake relationship one. I also love books about mistaken identities, like Lisa Kleypas' Love in the Afternoon, or ESPECIALLy when they've got a woman pretending to be a man, like Tess LeSue's Bound for Temptation. That's my catnip. :)

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    1. A woman dressed as a man is one of my favourite tropes of all time. Just like in the fake relationships, the attempts to hide the truth always make me laugh.

      Happy readings! ;)

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  4. I HATE insta-love and love triangles. I can handle just about any other trope. But not those, nope. I guess anything that turns into love that you wouldn't think would- enemies to lovers, best friends to in love, arranged marriages that end up in love.

    Ash @ JennRenee Read

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    1. I've a strong dislike for those two tropes. To tell the truth, I hate them! Insta-love and love triangles can be so poorly written.

      Happy readings! ;)

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  5. I pretty much love all of these except for love triangles... I DO like love triangles but only under very specific circumstances (or moods) so they can be a complete miss. Arranged marriages, I haven't had too much experience with.
    The rest though... Huge HELL YES!

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    1. Love triangles need to be exceptionally well done for me to enjoy them and that rarely happens. Happy readings! ;)

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  6. I can sometimes get behind a love triangle, but it has to be really well done. And enemies to lovers can actually be sort of tricky for me if I feel like one of them (usually the guy) is just a plain jerk in the beginning. But if it's just a situation where for some reason they're pitted against each other or something, I'm there. I agree that star-crossed lovers often drifts into instalove (which I hate), but when it's done well I love it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. As long as the main character doesn't let her romantic feelings for two people cloud her judgement, I can get behind a love triangle. :) I thought about mentioning that enemies to lovers should in no way feature bullying. I made sure the books that I picked feature a couple pitted against each other. Instalove should be forbidden.

      Happy readings!;)

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