It’s been a while since we had a Topic of the Week here at the Wranglers and since I was clueless as to what to post today, I put out a whimper. Kristina Knight, fresh off a writer’s-soul-reviving retreat, suggested, “How about favorite tropes?”
Great, we all agreed. What a good idea. While I was looking it up, rather than admit I had no idea what a trope is (even though I’ve been seeing the word everywhere), someone else asked. Before Kristi had a chance to answer, I found this definition: “Tropes are popular story lines, ones readers love” in this very cool blog post http://blog.juliealindsey.com/julie-anne-lindsey-writer/whats-a-trope-anyway/ by Julie Anne Lindsey.
So now that I know what it is, I have to figure out my favorite. And, naturally, I have two—I just can’t do things the easy way, can I?
In historical romance—including Regency—my favorite story line, hands down, is the Marriage of Convenience. For several reasons. (1) I believe it. In many times and places, women had few alternatives, and a loveless marriage was far from the worst of those. (2) I usually don’t have to learn to like the protagonists—I like them from the get-go and am cheering them both on as they find out—gasp!—they like each other, too. (3) The hero and heroine often become friends before they fall in love or even too deeply in lust, and I always like that.
In contemporary, on the other hand, my favorite trope is reunion romance. I have to admit my reason for loving that plotline (and using it repeatedly) is goofy, but here goes. When you look around, you see a lot of long marriages hitting the skids. I understand how it happens, because every stage of life you enter, you have to learn all over again how to be married. I want to believe that if anything ever happened to my own marriage, Duane and I would eventually be able to fix it and that we would re-une and live Happily Ever After.
I’m not going to ask what your favorite trope is—we’re going to work on this all week—but I am going to ask if you think all the familiar tropes work well with all the sub-genres. Or do you, like me, like different ones in different time periods or types of romance, such as zombie or vampire or whatever you like to read?