Archetype Sighting! Scarred Heroine

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

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

Genre Police! Urgent Marriages in Regency 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

Archetype Sighting! The New Fairy Godmother in Modern Romance Novels

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.