I thought I was running out of ideas for this feature (which, um, there is so much scope, how did I think that?) but talking to a friend reminded me that I had not talked about genres! I thought I had, but apparently not?
Which is probably a good thing, because a broad spectrum of what genres I read wouldn’t actually cover what I like about the genres. So instead, you get me breaking down the genres – like I’ve already done with the fairytale retelling editions.
Romance is something I read when I need something a little lighter? I mean, of course, angst is well and good when it comes to romance, but in the end, it’s always a happily ever after, and sometimes I need that.
I’ve written a lot about tropes that I love. I mean, I have three posts and they overlap tropes, so I’m going to try not to repeat them here. But I may, because I love these tropes in romantic fiction a lot.
- Slow burn romances, anyone? I mean, is there anything more delicious than reading about two characters fall slowly in love, with maybe a little angst and miscommunication thrown in? I’ve probably read so many fanfictions on this front, especially if we add in the next trope.
- Add in some mutual pining – and oblivious characters to the fact that the pining is mutual – and I am sold. The equal part agony of the characters and wanting to smack them over the head as a reader to tell them that their feelings are requited is one of the best feelings in the world. At least, to me.
- Most romance tropes work well layered together, so take the above two and add in either – fake dating, marriage of convenience, OR a comedy of errors whereby everyone is plotting to get our two oblivious protagonists together. I think I just described Much Ado About Nothing, but that is a GREAT BASIS for adaption.
- If we move away from tropes and go to writing style, things I look out for and adore simply add up to witty banter…
- …and mutual respect. Power imbalances can be a thing in stories but I definitely prefer less of those and more of an equal ground between love interests. Sure, give me perceived imbalances, and a lot of snark. A lot of snark.
These past few weeks have seen me adding a lot of romance novels to my TBR thanks to wonderfully curated posts by Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads and Kate @ Your Tita Kate, but I can always do with more! So if you have any recommendations that you think I will enjoy? Let me know!