After categorizing the heroes and heroines from 33 science fiction romances, I matched them up to see if any of the archetypes paired up more frequently than others and came up with 6 archetype pairings.
6 Common Male Archetypes: Beast, Charmer, Neanderthal, Ruler, Second Son, and Slave/Prisoner of War
7 Common Female Archetypes: Damsel in Distress, Rescued Damsel, Earth Mother, Female Warrior, Goody Two Shoes, Translator, and Wanderer
When a writer creates a hero that's too many things, she has to fill the reader's expectations for that hero, plot-wise and romance-wise. Juggling too many and fitting them all in one book is difficult—though not impossible—and makes the story and the hero seem over the top.
Bless their hearts, whatever they were thinking, including all the guys with the next "Great American Novel," they didn't laugh. And damn it, the number of people who read the genre gives the concept validity. Explaining the concepts to those unfamiliar with the genre, standing up for them, has made me take a harder look at the common core of paranormal romance.
Reasons basically estranged characters get married in Regency romances Some books use more than one of the following tropes Arrangement, including Blackmail or Betrothal: his and/or her families have colluded to arrange their marriage and for complex reasons the hero and heroine are compelled to comply (ex: Triumph and Treasure) Compromised: due to unavoidable or … Continue reading Genre Police! Urgent Marriages in Regency Romance
Horns, Tails, Inhuman Eyes…and a Penis that does what? Physicality Scale Basically Human Special Features Recognizably Humanoid Freakazoid Sexuality Scale SciFi Kink That’s…Different Instructions Required You WHAT NOW? New Species by Laurann Dohner Special Features: Dohner’s heroes, depending on the animal genes they are mixed with, have unique physical traits that make for some exciting … Continue reading Genre Police! Sexuality and Physicality in SciFi Erotic Romance
Establish the hero's skills and prowess in a dramatic scene, unrelated or foreshadowing of climactic danger "Prophet" character (aka genius) makes a significant achievement and discovers imminent danger, during which the Prophet's assistant or other supporting hero is killed facing the villain/disaster Discover the hero's weakness and/or personal strife, introduce loved ones, i.e. what they … Continue reading Genre Police! Outline of a SciFi Action Movie