Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s],“ which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.
But they’re totally not! Romance novel fans all have their favorite—not to mention least favorite—tropes, from friends to lovers, chick in pants, secret baby, marriage of convenience, opposites attract, May-December, boss-assistant...the list goes on.
Each month, we’ll be picking a romance novel trope and ask you to offer recommendations falling under the trope rubric (again with the academic talk!).
It's good to be bad. And sometimes, a character is so bad...they're a villain! But everyone loves to reform a bad boy (or girl!), and those same villains are just looking for someone to understand them...okay that might be too kind for some of these characters, but let's have you weigh in!
Here are some recommendations:
- The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
- Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
- Lothaire by Kresley Cole
- Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole
- Never Kiss a Rake by Anne Stuart
- Emily Thorn of Revenge
- Klaus of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals
- Raw by Belle Aurora
- Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
- Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
- Secrets of a Scandalous Bride by Sophia Nash
We know we're missing a few quintessential villains/villainesses (we blame Friday brain), so let us know who would make your list of the top villains to heroes/heroines! Do you like the villain-to-hero trope? Do you really believe that villains can become heroes or heroines, or do you find them totally irredeemable? Let us know your favorites and chime in with your thoughts!