What is a trope? A trope is kind of a theme for a romance novel. Sometimes it's friends to lovers (my absolute favorite), reunited lovers, best friend's older brother...there is a long list of tropes, but today I want to talk about my second favorite trope: Enemies to Lovers.
I read a blog post recently that asked, "Why do all romance novels begin with "oh I hate him/her" and then suddenly they're all over each other. I would like to start off by saying, not ALL romance novels start out this way, but some of the best do. In fact, some of the best comedies, literature, and TV shows start off with this same trope.
For Example, one of my favorite Shakespeare plays is Much
Ado about Nothing, and one of the biggest reasons is the banter and quips between Beatrice and Benedick. They begin the play despising each other, unable to show their true nature for fear they'll appear weak. Until they are tricked by their friends and thrown together, after which he sees her fierce loyalty and protectiveness and she sees his chivarly and strong integrity. Plus, they're hilarious!
Pride and Prejudice is my (and probably 66% of women) favorite classic, for exactly the same reasons as Much Ado! Elizabeth is strong,
protective, and clever and Darcy is loyal, honest to a fault, and will do
anything for the woman he loves...*sigh* Of course at first we think he's a
pompous, arrogant jerkface, but by the end, we know better...their barbs poke the other in just the right spot and the tension is fantastic!
The reason this blog came up is because of the Holiday WIP I'm working on. The two characters have misconceptions of the other, and avoid each other until an inescapable situation makes them face the possibility that their first impressions may be off....so far, I'm loving the banter and sexual tension between these two, and I can't wait to update you as the story progresses.Thanks for stopping by!
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