Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to welcome Paige Tyler to the site today! Paige, author of To Love a Wolf, is here today to give you primer on star-crossed lover—a trope we love and one that's been around since the days of Shakespeare. Thanks, Paige!
Originating with Shakespeare,the term “star-crossed lovers” refers to couples whose relationship is supposedly doomed to fail (i.e., frustrated by the stars). This goes back to the astrological idea that the stars control our destiny. Romeo and Juliet are typically held up as the perfect example of “star-crossed lovers”, because, well they were really hot for each other and then really bad crap happened.
However, in more modern times, especially in the world of romance books, you can also see the term “star-crossed lover” used in a less fatalistic manner, where the fates—or the stars—just seem to be working really hard to keep lovers apart. This slight change in usage is understandable since romance by its very nature requires the H/H to actually end up together at some point. If not, the story is sort of a downer.