Tropes are ingrained into how we talk about Romance books. Sometimes they don’t even feel like tropes because they feel so normalized. It’s in book marketing too:
“10 Fake Dating Book Recs!”
“Your Next Classic Enemies to Lovers Romance”
“Rivals to Lovers Must-Reads!”
It’s easy to assume the word “trope” is synonymous with “cliché,” but that’s just not true. The best tropes are riffed on and feel fresh in their stories. A book having a trope doesn’t make it unoriginal or repetitive. Writing with a trope is actually great because the audience has some familiarity with what they are getting themselves into. That being said, there are some tropes I’d just rather avoid. Let’s get into the totally objective ranking of 11 popular Romance tropes with some book recs along the way.
Do you agree with my ranking? Feel free to argue with me in the comments and leave your own book recommendations. Happy Reading!
is a writer based in North Carolina. She attends writing classes of all kinds at UNC Chapel Hill and has a particular fondness for sharp imagery. In her free time, she drafts her own novels.
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