Drinks with the Bees Episode 28

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What the Trope!

Episode 28: We talk about what is a trope in romance. What is are favorites. Which ones we like least!

In the world of romance we often talk about tropes in our books.  Sometimes we will pick a story based on the trope.  But if you aren’t immersed in the world of Romance you might not know exactly what we are talking about.  So in this Episode of Drinks with the Bees we do our best to break down the Romance Genre and the Tropes we love and hate and love to hate! 

Romance Has Sub Genres:  With Romance being a 1.8 BILLION Dollar Industry which makes it about a third larger than the inspirational book industry, and about the size of the mystery novel genre and science fiction/fantasy genre markets combined. So before we go breaking down tropes we need to address a couple of things about Romance. 


What is Romance? 

In the strictest academic terms, a romance is a narrative genre in literature that involves a mysterious, adventurous, or spiritual story line where the focus is on a quest that involves bravery and strong values and love.  Must end with a Happily Ever After.  

According to the RWA.org  Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending (HEA). A Central 

Love Story: a story dealing with love. romance. story – a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events. Not all Love stories are romance because not all Love Stories end in a HEA

** * Heard a great comparison by the super smart Julia Quinn.  

In a mystery novel you expect a dead body and by the end of the book you expect them to solve the mystery as to who committed the murder.  

In a romance there is a relationship and at the end you expect the Happily Ever After. 

If there isn’t a HEA then it is just fiction instead of true Romance. 

Subcategories of Romance: 
New Adult
Gothic Romance
Contemporary Romance
Paranormal Romance
Suspense Romance
Motorcycle Club Romance
Sports Romance
BDSM Romance

What is a trope: 

The word trope can refer to any type of figure of speech, theme, image, character, or plot element that is used many times. 

Surprise/Secret Baby
Secret Romance
Enemies to Lovers
Instant Love
mistaken identity
Fake Relationship
Sexy Billionaire/Millionaire
Famous /Average
Forbidden Love. …
Office Romance
Silver Fox
Older Man/younger woman
 Close Proximity

Some of our Least Favorites:

  • Second Chance  
  • Friends to lovers 
  • Reunited Lovers (I think is the same as Second Chance) 
  • Love Triangle  
  • Enemies to Lovers. 
  • Childhood Friends 
  • Student/Teacher- I do ok with Professor College Student if well written

What else we’re reading this week/weekend: 

Notable Upcoming releases:

Only One Night By Natasha Madison 1/5
At All by Mindy McKinnley ( this is book 3 in the Adams Brother Series) 1/5
Reputation by Adriana Locke 1/5
Lizzie Goes Brains over Braun by Jasinda Wilder 1/8 

Next Up (what we are discussing next time): On our Next episode we will be joined by Debut Author Pru Warren.  We are talking about her debut Release Cyn and the Peanut Butter Cup.  

Next Drunk Book Club is February 6th.  Theme to be announced on our Website. If you would like to be a part of the Drunk book club all you have to do is join us on Patreon and you get access to all the cool things.   

We also have a Happy Hour Live with author Adriana Locke.  This is live on the Youtube Jan 8th.  7p CST 

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