#SixforSunday is hosted by A Little But A Lot, and each week, there’s a different prompt, and you list six books that fit the prompt. The theme for July is trope-tastic!
When I saw that this month’s #SixforSunday theme was tropes, I had so much fun brainstorming different tropes and deciding which week I wanted to talk about them. This week’s theme is tropes you love and narrowing down my list to six was a difficult task. A lot of the tropes I’m going to talk about this week are romance tropes, but some more general tropes will be popping up as well.
Enemies-to-Lovers: This is the first trope that popped into my head for this week’s theme because when it’s done well, it is so good. The beginning of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne mentions that hating someone feels similar to being in love with them, and this is why that trope is so good. Hate and love are both huge feelings that you feel with your entire being, and I love it when two people who thought they hated each other fall in love.
Forced Proximity: Sometimes, the stars align, and two people are forced to spend a lot of time together, and I love reading about it. One example of this trope is The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren, where the two main characters are forced to spend time together on a tour bus when they get roped into attending a multi-stop book tour. One of the reasons why I like this trope is because the characters usually start to notice little things about each other because they’re spending so much time together. These little things tend to turn into feelings, which eventually turns into romance, which is fantastic, in my opinion.
Bookworm Main Character: Another trope that I love is a bookworm main character. A few examples of this trope are Suggested Reading by David Connis, The Upside of Falling by Alex Light, and What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter. The main reason why I love this trope is that I can relate to loving books. The character needs to have more dimension than just being a book lover for me to like them, but it’s a pretty solid start.
Dysfunctional Family: The reason why I love this trope is that I’m a huge fan of The Young and the Restless, and I love fictional drama. Two examples of books with this trope are This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, and We’re All in This Together by Amy Jones. These books usually feature some humorous moments and some heartfelt moments, and I think they’re really enjoyable to read.
Slow Burn Romance: Slow burn romance is another trope that I think is excellent when it’s done right. If the pacing is too slow or too fast, it all feels off, and it’s not nearly as enjoyable. The main reason why I like this trope is that it’s usually tied in with the friends-to-lovers trope, which is a trope I’ll be talking about in a few weeks. One example of this trope is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
Going Back to Hometown: I don’t think I’ve read a lot of books that feature this trope, but it’s one that I enjoy. A lot of the time, the character who is going back home is going through some sort of crisis, and I enjoy reading about them working through that crisis. I also like that these books usually have a sense of nostalgia to them and that the character has these random memories sparked by seemingly normal things like a park bench or an old sign. This trope is also often tied in with the dysfunctional family trope, which I talked about earlier in this post. The only example of this trope I can think of is This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.
How about you? What are some of your favourite tropes?
I love a bookworm main character too! Great post.
OMG I LOVE THIS! Enemies to lovers is just my fav. But also forced proximity because frequently that is enemies to lovers and omg the tension! The chemistry *swoon*
I also love bookworm main characters and pretty much any book within a book style narrative. Fab post 💛💙💚
I love bookworm main characters too! And agreed – they definitely need more character development than just being a bookworm for it to be really good 😊
Enemies to Lovers is my favorite romance trope. There’s usually great banter between the characters that sometimes makes me laugh out loud. You have a point though, it needs to be done well, otherwise it’s just meh.