Thursday, September 27

Delecatable Bites


Last night I had an epiphany.  And it was about the tropes. I figured out my favorite trope and it hasn’t been mentioned here yet. So, yay me.

 
Forbidden Fruit goes back to the beginning of time. Well, according to Adam, Eve, and some apple tree. But let’s focus on the literary aspects of the Forbidden Fruit. Think Romeo and Juliet—where would they be had their families not been enemies? Well, alive for one thing. But would it be a romantic classic had Romeo and Juliet simply been neighbors? Forbidden fruit falls from the limbs of feuding families.

And for your further enjoyment, here are some other guises of Forbidden Fruit.

 The delectable brother comes in many forms.  
*He’s the brother of your non-quite-my-soul mate.
*Or the brother of your husband/fiancé. Now, your husband could be abusive. He could be dead. Or he could be a lying scumbag who abandoned you (see The Client List). But whatever he is, his brother is off limits and therefore, quite desirable.
*He might be the brother of your best friend, the much younger brother of your step-father, or maybe—in the most sordid of tales—your own brother (see Flowers in the Attic).

A twist on the brother is the brother-in-law. One of the most romantic books I’ve ever read had this twist. In Like Water For Chocolate, the hero, Pedro falls in love with Tita, only to be denied  her hand because her mother believes in some archaic notion that the youngest daughter is to be her mother’s caretaker. In a bold move, Pedro marries the sister so he can remain close to Tita. While they never give into their passion, it ignites each page as you hope this will be the one where they do give in.

Speaking of best friends, that’s our next candidate. The Forbidden Fruit could be the boyfriend of your best friend--(see Something Borrowed, which now you’ve got to be thinking I’m just on a Colin Egglesfield kick—nope, just a lucky benefit).

The Forbidden Fruit could be the younger man (On the Island), a teacher, or your boss. You might even have to sneak around because nobody can see you—hawt, hawt, hot. 

So, tell me, what's your favorite Forbidden Fruit?

9 comments:

  1. Excellent post, Margie! I never would have thought of the Forbidden Fruit thing, but it's used quite a bit, isn't it?

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    1. Yeah, I didn't realize it myself until I started analyzing it for the post.

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  2. For me, it's the brother of - brother of the best friend, brother of an ex, brother of the boss...love that angle! Great post, Margie!

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    1. One of my favorites is The Fulfillment by Lavyrle Spencer. And I totally missed the boat on your guilty pleasure blog a couple of weeks ago, because The Client List should've been on it ;) I love that show and I'm a little ashamed of it. LOL.

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  3. Great post, and great examples! For me, it's the much younger man. I love them, in fiction and real life stories, too!

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    1. You so, so need to read On the Island, then.

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  4. Aw, Margie. You picked my favorite trope. I love the forbidden friut stories. Something Borrowed was one of my favorite movies. Another was My Best Friend's Girl. That one cracked me up!

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    1. I love Something Borrowed. I've read the book a couple of times as well and the sequel. Emily Giffin is one of my faves.

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  5. For me it's the brother. Unfortunately, writing Regencies, it's unavailable if a marriage took place. Sisters and brothers-in-law were considered an incestous relationship.

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