Before I start what is a trope, you ask? Basically they are common themes you see in stories. In this post I’m going to discuss my favorite romance tropes.. Some examples of romance tropes may include the cringe-worthy insta-love, the adorably cute friends-to-lovers, the wtf-unnecessary love triangle when 99.9% of the time we already who will end up with the main character. Tropes can be annoying, boring, and formulaic, but when done right it can actually be really good. If you think about it, I’m sure that there are common tropes that you absolutely adore and it will always draw you to any particular that book with that said trope. I know I do! So here are some of my favorite romance tropes.
This is my absolute favorite trope, because it doesn’t feel forced and it’s always realistic. The main characters have known each other for a long time and their feelings are platonic in the beginning. However, they are forced in a situation in which they recognize that what they feel for each other is beyond friendship. I would love it even more if there there would be some kind of trigger when they realize, “oh shit, I actually love him/her!” I love this trope so much because in real life, at most times relationships are generally established through friendships first. Specifically, I love the childhood friends to lovers. That is just the cutest thing. I mean I will shamelessly say that I wished this happened to me in real life, but sadly it never did.
Oh the angst. I may have been a masochist in my early life, but there are just something about one of the main characters pining over the other. You can feel their emotions and as you read you feel their suffering emotionally as well. I like to feel their insecurities and pain–it feels like someone is squeezing my heart but in a good kind of way. And in those rare circumstances the one who is not loved may try to make the other jealous. See what I mean about masochist! But in the end you know that the unrequited love will change to requited love and you can’t help but feel all giddy. AHHHH
During my younger years this was my absolute favorite trope–whether it was in books or in movies. I love the whole love-hate relationship and you know that it will eventually turn into “Hey I hated you before, but I love you now.” I love it when characters actually really don’t like each other at the beginning but then fall in love slowly later on. You ask why? Because all the silly banters. And if you don’t know me, I love reading banters between potential lovers.. And oh the transition from fighting all the time to falling in love just gives me feels.
Don’t ask. But there is just something about characters pretending to be in a relationship for whatever reason–whether it’s for a bet or blackmail, who knows. I can’t help but gush when the characters are forced into situations where they have to fake feelings and but then slowly come to the realization that it might be real. There’s so much to analyze in those kisses, held hands, lingering glances. And don’t forget the denial and angst from one of them especially when they refuse to admit that they feel more than what they are letting on.