Let’s talk about tropes! @kozukidbasma on instagram did video about book genres and book tropes people hate the most. Let’s add a twist and talk about the romance book tropes I used to hate but not so much anymore.
I could talk for days about tropes I hate. I was born a hater. Instead, let’s be positive today and let me tell you about the tropes that I used to hate but have redeemed themselves and the book(s) that contributed to that change.
- Second chance
“Lovers meet, fall in love, fail in their relationship and part ways. Then come back together (this is usually when this book starts) and have a chance to make it work again.”
This one is tricky because there is only one book that I have read that made me reconsider my disgust of this trope, Seven Days in June by Tia Williams.
Usually, I am like: “No chance in hell”. You messed up once, it’s a done deal in my book. Why are writers trying to make me empathise with the crappy and terrible characters? On what ground? Why do they always have undealt childhood trauma? Just go to therapy. I stay far away from these books
I picked up Seven Days in June not knowing that it was a second-chance romance. I am glad I did because, gosh! Eva and Shane are just meant for each other. Their depiction made the whole trope make sense to me. Which is why I am a bit reluctant to say that I don’t hate this trope altogether because this book is the only one that made me reconsider my stance on second chances romances.
- Fake dating
« Two people making a deal to act enchanted with each other for what they think is a short time, until they tumble into long-term love. »
I don’t have a lot to say about my transition from hating this trope to not hating it anymore. I just know that I’ve read a few books with this trope and I don’t feel so strongly about it. I think I am more indifferent to it now.
« The « miscommunication trope » is when a miscommunication between characters plays a large part in the plot of the book. »
I love to hate this trope. Because what do you mean the main characters haven’t talked to each other for years because of one word/phrase? Seriously, ONE WORD!? Maybe a bit of time apart will do them good. They will learn to properly communicate their emotions and thoughts.
And yet, as much as swore down that I would never not hate this trope, I am starting to see what people love about it. I now understand that some people love how relatable it is. I’ve understood that I hate it when it is used as the main plot of a book. However, some writers utilised that trope efficiently and it makes sense in the grand scheme of things. I’ve come up to terms with it.
Still, I think I will always have a special place in my hate list for that trope. As I said, I was born a hater.
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