Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by yours truly. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, want to kill with fire, or throw out the moon door (a la Petyr Baelish). You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.
Inspired by a recent Twitter feud between members of my infamous non-bookish friend group, The Twitter Clique, over two very popular tropes, I created a poll on Twitter (the results of which you can see below) to see whether people liked Friends to Lovers more or Enemies to Lovers more. The discussion that happened really got me thinking about these two tropes and the strong opinions people tend to have related to them, which lead me to create the first every Trope Tuesday Trope-Off.
In Trope-Off editions of Trope Tuesday, I will be talking about two tropes that are often pitted against each other (which is the case today for Friends to Lovers vs Enemies to Lovers), or are very similar. I will give the definitions of each along with their Pros and Cons. In addition, I will give my verdict on the tropes being discussed. Let’s begin:
Friends to Lovers:
Friends to Lovers a classic to American Media. There are few popular series that don’t feature this trope at one point or another. As the name suggests, Friends to Lovers is when Friends (usually long time friends) start dating. You can check out uses of Friends to Lovers in Literature here on my Goodreads shelf for Friends to Lovers.
- The couple has a previous history, which means that start out more developed as people and in their relationship.
- After all those years (typically) of them pinning for each other, the feeling when they finally get together is so fulfilling.
- While Friends to Lovers is sweet, sometimes it can cross into “bland” territory.
- The conflict is always the basic “we don’t want to date cause it will ruin our relationship”. So overused & so nonsensical. I mean really? If your friendship gets ruined after your possible break up (which probably won’t happen because you know each other so well which is why you are friends) then maybe your friendship wasn’t that strong in the first place?
Enemies to Lovers:
Oh, Enemies to Lovers… There is so much I could say about this trope and its usage throughout various forms of media. Ultimately, Enemies to Lovers is a trendy trope that still manages to stand the test of time. As the name suggests, Enemies to Lovers is when enemies, whether they be mortal, casual, or somewhere in between, later become lovers. You can check uses of Enemies to Lovers in Literature here.
- There’s always sexual tension. It is a given with this trope.
- Hate to Love ships are always quality. Seeing them overcome the barrier the separates them, or learning that the reasons for hating them were just a misunderstand/misinterpretation is sooo nice.
- So many possible hijinks.
- The reasons for the characters becoming enemies can be so petty and so simple, that it makes you want to pull your hair out.
- The chemistry/sexual tension can be over focused on instead of the development of the characters actual relationship.
For curiosity’s sake, I decided to make a poll on twitter to get some feedback on Friends to Lovers vs. Enemies to Lovers. The results where fairly decisive with Enemies to Lovers receiving a substantial win on Friends to Lovers:
I guess the world may never know….
But I want to hear what you guys think. Now is the time to forever immortalize your allegiance to one trope: Friends to Lovers or Enemies to Lovers.