Incase you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard the news, the iconic Brooding YA Hero on Twitter is getting his own book called Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me (out October 3rd)!!
I was lucky enough to be selected to be apart of the #BroodyBFFs aka the Brooding YA Hero street team! As a #BroodyBFF, I get to participate in written and visual challenges so expect to see a lot more #BroodyBFF posts in the future.
This week’s written challenge is…….. What’s your favorite romance trope? Friends to lovers? Fake-dating? Sharing a bed platonically? Clumsy meet cute? Explain the feels this trope gives you!
As you probably all know, I kind of like Romance. I have several top favorite romances tropes, but there is one that trumps them all: Second Chance Romances.
Second Chance Romances encompass everything I love about romance and what I find shippable in fictional couples. There’s history, there’s heart ache, and there’s hope.
I’m a big believer that two people can be perfect for each other, but find each other at the wrong time. Second Chance Romances hinge on this idea. Characters will get together and then for whatever reason, they break up. It might be that it was young love and they weren’t mature enough to handle a relationship, or because their dream careers/colleges were in different countries, or maybe they were torn apart by their feuding families. Whatever it is, I buy into it.
I love the journey that characters have to take in Second Chance romances. Before getting back together, they have to go on their own personal journeys and grow as people separately. In Romance, it can be easy to skimp on individual character development. However in Second Chance Romances, personal character development, that is independent of the love interest, is almost always a given.
Also, I find Second Chance Romances more believable. I’m not too big on the “we just met and now we’re going to fall in love” narrative. When that narrative is in play, the development that happens over the course of novels usually isn’t enough for me. I need there to be shared history and past development between the two characters going into the story to really be invested in the relationship’s outcome.
And maybe I’m waiting on my second chance too….