August is Trope Month here at LoveRomanceReads. We're exploring and celebrating the beloved tropes of romance for 31 days. There'll be reviews of tropes, reviews of books, a giveaway and a very important poll to determine the Royal Trope! Authors may stop by to talk about tropes and we'll give you a list of books for each trope so you can explore those stories.
But, to begin, what the heck is a trope???
Romance is all about tropes - familiar plot set-ups that give a structure to the story. The trope sets up an expectation of how the book will start and how it will end, with maybe a few expected beats along the way.
Some example tropes are Friends to Lovers, Forced Proximity, and Mistaken Identity.
In a 'Friends to Lovers' trope, the reader knows the main characters start out as friends, sometimes best friends and sometimes just casual friends, and end up with their HEA (Happily Ever After) as lovers.
'Forced Proximity' is exactly what it sounds like - the protagonists are forced into a situation where they're stuck with one another in the same location. These can run the gamut from comedies to thrillers, the characters figuring out how to work together because they have no other choice.
Finally, 'Mistaken Identity' is all about one main character lying to the other about their identity. Sometimes the lie is deliberate, sometimes it begins as an honest mistake but then spirals out of control. Again, in the end, the characters overcome the lie and have their HEA.
Even though tropes provide a expected road map of how a romance novel may begin and end, it's the pages in between where the story happens. Each author creates their own world. Their characters have their own journey to take to find their HEA and each journey is different.
It's the familiarity of the trope that hooks the reader to begin with, but it's the uniqueness of the story that keeps the audience entertained.
You can read ten Friends to Lovers stories and they'll all be different.
Tropes remind me of ice cream. :-) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is made with vanilla ice cream. So is Caramel Fudge. An almost endless variety of toppings can be mixed in with vanilla (or chocolate) and each concoction will have a different flavor. For that matter, you can make ndless flavors of ice cream with the same ingredients, adding just one or two variables to make it different than the previous batch.
It's the same with tropes - the base may be common, but the added elements are what make the story unique and wonderful.
I hope you enjoy this upcoming month and all that we have planned for you!
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