I found this topic easy and hard all in the same breath. I also could think of more tropes I DON’T like easier than I could come up with tropes I DO like. When I’m reading a great book I honestly don’t notice many tropes (besides the first one below). After the fact and seeing other reviews I realize how many tropes were actually present in the plot. But you better believe I notice when tropes are done poorly, making them stick out like a sore thumb.
So after a lot of thought, I’ve come up with some that I remember that I love. Not in any order, except for the first one because ENEMIES TO LOVERS ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY.
I added some covers of books that remind me of the trope, it’s definitely not an exhaustive list!
Enemies to lovers
OH MY GOODNESS. This is really my one and only ultimate trope and it never gets old. NEVER.
Someone being secretly royal
I’m looking at you Throne of Glass.
A romance that begins with one of them undercover
And no, not in a bad way. I’m thinking along the lines of The Kiss of Deception and The Traitor’s Kiss. That moment when the reader knows what’s going on, but they don’t yet and the fall out leads to a passionate kiss. YES.
Families with a lot of siblings
Big families (Dance of Thieves – Ballenger clan) are great. I love all of the banter between siblings. SO FUN.
Forbidden romance (star-crossed lovers)
UGH WHY CAN’T THEY JUST BE TOGETHER FOREVER?
Parents who are still alive (at least one)
I like a present parent, what can I say?
When a legitimate villain does a good thing
I’m a sucker for a bad guy who makes one good move in their time.
A good partnership with fantastic banter
I LOVE when the banter is off the charts between a working friendship. These are some great examples.
Squad 313, Night Court, Court of Terrasen, Skyward. This is without a doubt one of the greatest tropes ever.
Royalty living in exile, running away
Banished royalty gathering a group to take back their throne? YESSSS.
What are some of your favorite tropes? What about least favorite? It was fun seeing how many tropes are in one book! Lets talk in the comments!