My Favorite Storytelling Tropes

I thought I’d make a list of some of my favorite storytelling tropes, particularly those of the romance variety.

What is a trope?  I’m using the definition as “a storytelling shorthand for a concept that the audience will recognize and understand instantly.”  Still confused?  You’ll catch on pretty fast.

So, in no particular order…

  • Girls disguised as boys
  • Boys falling in love with girls disguised as boys
  • Secret relationship and relationship reveal
  • Secret family relationship (“No. I am your father!”) <—b/c the quote is NOT “Luke, I am your father.”  So there!
  • Enemies/rivals to lovers
  • Best friends become lovers
  • Culture/social class clash
  • Didn’t know they were dating
  • Single gay dads
  • Arranged marriage/mail-order marriage/marriage of convenience
  • Soulmates
  • Robin Hood-like characters
  • Opposites attract (sporty/nerdy, rebel/good)
  • Gay athletes/soldiers/cops/fireman (basically any gay man in a hyper-masculine job or environment)
  • Pretending to be in a relationship
  • Hurt/comfort and being taken care of


If you have any books/movies/tv shows that you’d like to recommend based on my favorite tropes, let me know!  Either leave a comment or use my contact page.