A shame-free zone.
- Enemies to lovers.
Excuse me, is there anything hotter? You’ve got tension right off the bat, it makes for ah-mazing chemistry, and you’ve got an emotional arc from the premise alone.
Best. Trope. Ever.
The downside is when you read a book and the hero is a jackass, while the heroine simply forgives him, ’cause he has a heart of gold tucked somewhere deep inside. No, thank you.
PS: the novel that got me my fabulous agent has this premise. Just sayin’.
- Badass women getting stuff done.
And getting the guy along the way. Because, yes, you can have everything.
- Nerd turning into hero/love interest.
Suck a sucker for this premise. I love it either way, nerd hero/heroine, both of them nerds, whatever. I root for the underdog (as long as said underdog isn’t a Mare Sue/ Gary Stu in disguise).
- The whole Hades-Persephone thing, which even Freud would’ve frowned upon.
Guilty pleasure, along with anything resembling Beauty and the Beast. Enough said. Hoping for a genderbent one someday.
- Star-crossed lovers/ Forbidden love.
As long as it doesn’t resemble Romeo and Juliet. Not a fan, sorry. But two people from different social classes struggling past social hurdles to find each other? Yes, please. Anytime.
- A bargain/some sort of deal (fake engagement, etc) turning into a love story.
Again, as long as the protagonists aren’t completely clueless about their developing feelings. It’s a really tough trope to pull off, which is why I always read it, but haven’t attempted to write it. But maybe in the future? *cackles*
- Guardian/ward dynamic (prince/princess and his/her general, etc.)
Sucker for power play if, and only if, both of the parties have some type of control. If one of them is completely helpless while the other rules the world, I’m not interested.
- Opposites attract.
Can go hand in hand with the ‘enemies to lovers’ premise, but not always. Packed with chemistry and tension. Loooove it.
The pay-off’s always good. Tension galore, plus a healthy dose of feels thrown in. Sherry Thomas incorporates this trope into her writing, but she gives it a very, very special spin. Did I mention I love her books?
Yes, show me the tentative steps one takes when starting to explore his/her sexuality. Don’t make them an idiot, though. Inexperienced is one thing, naive (to the point of stupidity) is another.
What’s your favorite trope?