Genre Police! Heroes that are too many tropes

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.

Trope Sighting! Vampires and Telepathy

When the hero and heroine DON'T have a telepathic relationship exactly... Reversing or confounding mental invasion in vampire romances indicates significant change to the archetype. In monster theory, one of the vampire's greatest weapons is the ability to penetrate personal sanctums/the mind. Also note that the telepathic abilities are a burden to the possessor, causing … Continue reading Trope Sighting! Vampires and Telepathy

Trope Sighting! Search for an Heiress, Finding a Penniless Maid

When the hero or heroine's financial motivations for marriage (in Regency romance) nearly destroy their chance at true love His Profit Motive: the hero is in dire financial straights (rarely of his making) and needs to marry an heiress, and almost marries the wrong woman or forsakes the woman he loves Ex: The Untamed Heiress … Continue reading Trope Sighting! Search for an Heiress, Finding a Penniless Maid

Two-for-One Trope Sighting! Heroine disguised as a male

When the hero unwittingly sleeps in the same room as the heroine in disguise and she watches him get undressed, lusting after him in plain sight When the hero discovers the heroine is female and sees her naked: either this sight is the moment of discovery or occurs nearly simultaneously, but on accident of course … Continue reading Two-for-One Trope Sighting! Heroine disguised as a male

Trope Sighting! Widowed (but turns out not really)

When a hero/heroine's friend, who has been mourning their dead partner/mate/etc., discovers they've been alive all this time! *Cue the sequel* TYPICAL GENRE: I think I've seen this most in Vampire or other immortal creature paranormal romance series EXAMPLE: Hidden due to spoilers, Sequel Reasons for the Mysterious Disappearance has a greater purpose/destiny/responsibility they must … Continue reading Trope Sighting! Widowed (but turns out not really)

Trope Sighting! Heroine on Horseback

When the hero sees, often first meets, the heroine on what he assumes is a runaway horse, but upon closer discovery or interference, discovers she is an adept horsewoman, which he finds very attractive. FEMINIST THEME: The heroine who does not ride side-saddle and/or has better horsemanship than a man! TYPICAL GENRES: Regency Romance, Historical … Continue reading Trope Sighting! Heroine on Horseback