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
Bites, Lashes, Trauma, and Plot Device When the heroine has scars—indicative of a brutal backstory—which she considers disfiguring and the hero assures her are a testament of her strength The violence or abuse that caused the scars will typically interfere in the romantic relationship. At the very least because the heroine thinks she's not good … Continue reading Archetype Sighting! Scarred Heroine
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.
When I was in grade school, I used to imagine that the numbers had personalities and relationships—which made solving equations more fun. The function, addition, subtraction, etc., indicated what kind of action one number was taking against another. 5 was in love with 4, who loved him back. 7 was a bitch who wanted 5 … Continue reading Storytelling in Math Class
But I am struck by the number of paranormal and urban fantasy books featuring a heroine who has vowed or neglected her magic at the start, and must come to terms with her powers in order to "save the day" or to embrace who their true identities. What makes this trope repeatedly/simultaneously occur to contemporary authors?
When the hero really really wants the heroine, and intends to have her, yet while waiting for his chance, has sex with other women and later swears, "none of them meant anything" EXAMPLES: Baby V by Tara Oakes and Making Her His by Lucy Leroux Question for you Readers (please comment below): Under what circumstances … Continue reading Archetype Sighting! Pining but Philandering Hero
Why do so many heroines in romance novels have a female friend who is better dressed or has stand-out style? These supportive fashionista friends push the heroine’s boundaries, provide encouragement, polish her beauty, and gift her with clothing—serving as archetypal fairy godmothers.