There is no doubt that as a collective group, romance readers have favorite things—which lead to tropes. Not only does Romance Writers of America (RWA) support authors, but they also collect data about the romance genre. Listed on their site is a lot of interesting information collected from 2014 Nielsen Romance Buyer Survey. Not surprisingly, readers were asked about their favorite tropes. Here are the results:
(1) friends to lovers; (2) soul mate/fate; (3) second chance at love; (4) secret romance; (5) first love; (6) strong hero/heroine; (7) reunited lovers; (8) love triangle; (9) sexy billionaire/millionaire; (10) sassy heroine
How does this match up with your favorite tropes? Are you startled at any of the results?
At first glance, I wasn’t. At one time I would have easily said friends to lovers was my favorite trope—because in this trope, it is easy to believe the couple are in love. They know each other. But—you get a very similar story with reunited lovers.
Just think about it! Like friends to lovers, reunited lovers have a history together. And sometimes they started out as friends before becoming lovers, especially if they were each other’s first love in school. Stories of reunited lovers are actually second-chance-at-love stories; reunited lovers stories also play into the soulmate trope—this is a love that was meant to be, against all odds; Not convinced? Sonali Dev’s Bollywood Bride is a reunited-lovers story. The hero and heroine met as children, so they were first friends and then lovers. Each were the other’s first love, and both had a sense of knowing that the other was their soulmate.