Learning the Tropes
If you've watched a rom-com, heard a fairy tale, or read a romance novel, you've experienced a romantic trope. According to She Reads Romance Books, "A romance trope is a plot device or theme used within a romance novel giving a recognizable starting point to the story that a reader can recognize."
These literary conceits have inspired countless generations of authors to make us swoon, including Julia Quinn, author of the now-infamous Bridgerton series. As she said just before season two of the hit Shondaland/Netflix show was released, "I'm excited for viewers to see a new romance, and it's a totally different type of romance if we're going to play the trope game. We had fake dating, now we have enemies-to-lovers."
For serious romance fans, have you ever thought about writing your own romance novel? Even though NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) just passed us by in November, it's always a good time to try your hand at writing a novel! Vanessa Zoltan, host of the podcast Hot and Bothered, is here to guide you and cheer you on through the whole process, along with some help from Julia Quinn herself.
"On Hot & Bothered, we encourage people to write Romance novels as a sacred practice. Vanessa Zoltan, co-host of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, interviews one of her friends who is writing their very first romance novel. We've asked every writer to pick a romance novel trope to center their novel around. Julia Quinn, Vanessa's favorite Romance novelist, gives weekly assignments so listeners can follow along in the process.
We want to demonstrate that anyone can write a Romance novel. We want to encourage people to find joy and stretch their imaginations. We want to find meaning in the mundane, treat the secular as sacred, and build communities of supportive and creative friends."
Need more inspiration to get your creative juices flowing? NPL has got you covered, as usual. Here are some recommendations: