Trope. What a stupid word. Trope. Say it. Trope.
In short, it means a plot device such as marriage of convenience or secret baby or whatever. What does that have to do with my mountain picture, you ask? Well, a common romance trope (stupid word) is the stranded theme.
It's one of my particular favorites. Another is thrown together against the elements. I love that one. I don't know why, but I've always found the notion of a man and woman stranded together in the mountains romantic.
Dont' know why. Shrug. Probably wouldn't be romantic at all. You know, rain, deer flies and no food. And there's the long, cold nights. No matter what time of year, the mountains get cold at night.
In real life, is there really anything sexy or romantic about an unplanned baby? Nope. But in fiction, it's used a lot.
That's the beauty of fiction! It's the fun of it all.
I use mountain settings a lot. (you know, the stranded trope). There are never bugs to bite my characters! Actually, I do have it rain, because what's better than a cold heroine snuggling up to a big, strong hero?
One last thing, did you know you can use more than one trope? For instance, the marriage of convenience with amnesia, for instance.
Just have fun with your trope (stupid word).