To explain a little about what this post will be about, every Trope Tuesday post starts with the same introduction. In every romance book you read there are tropes or archetypes you find inside its pages. You can also see them in shows, movies, plays, etc. Every type of entertainment and media. Romantic tropes are everywhere, and they are fabulous. I adore them and I always tend to find my favorite ones in romance books so I can enjoy them even more. Trope Tuesday is a weekly column where I share books that I know people will enjoy with a specific central trope.
What is a trope? Urban Dictionary explains it best: “Despite the erroneous definitions already published here, trope on the interwebs really refers to an often overused plot device. It can also be described as another variation on the same theme. TV shows, movies, comics, games, anime’, & books are full of tropes & many rabid fan-sites now name & track said tropes with a self-explanatory title for each one.” We can name a few: accidental pregnancy, best friends to lovers, sibling’s best friend, marriage of convenience, and so many more. Your favorite couples? They probably got a trope too! It’s always so nice to realize or find out your favorite romance trope and keep searching for books with the same theme. So really? I’m just helping you find that new favorite book of yours. If ever you want a post on a trope I haven’t done yet, do drop me a tweet at @thebookvoyagers and let me know!
The better of the Chrises, Chris Pine, needs to have the spotlight for a bit, you know? I have been half in love with him for so long, I’m so happy everyone is seeing the light and acknowledging he is the superior Hollywood Chris. He has that grey foxy look going on right now, making us question if he is secretly a werewolf. He also kids around when paparazzi take his photos and shows us all his fabulous personality in press tours and events. He looks dashing and quite cute in the upcoming film Wonder Woman 1984 and I’m so happy they brought him back because I missed him so very much.
Chris Pine as Nicholas Devereaux in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
This movie is the queen of all Disney movies. I don’t make the rules. It is what it is, you know? Royal Engagement has all my favorite tropes in one movie while giving us Anne Hathaway falling for Chris Pine on-screen. It has everything you want and more.
So Chris Pine is annoyingly charming Nicholas Devereaux, the guy who wants to steal Mia’s throne. Well, his uncle wants to do it, but he is using Nicholas to charm Mia out of her engagement with another man. They don’t think it’s working, but these two can’t deny the attraction between them. They’re clearly enemies because Nicholas is also an heir to the throne and if Mia doesn’t marry within a month, he’s going to be king. It’s not a surprise when they angrily kiss or when they spend a quiet night together. Sometimes I don’t like when movies don’t follow the original content (The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot) but this movie with its original storyline definitely made my heart swoon a lot!
I’m pairing this movie with Headliners by Lucy Parker
Feuding TV presenters have to work together in a live morning show to save their careers. They have so much hatred for the other that it’s difficult for you to see how they are going to fall in love. But trust Lucy because there is no one better who does enemies to lovers like her.
Chris Pine as Jake Hardin in Just My Luck
Lucky or unlucky? One of my favorite romcoms is Just My Luck. It has romance and music, plus Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine sharing a screen. The thing is that Lindsay’s character, Ashley, is a very lucky person but when she kisses Chris Pine’s character, Jake, her luck is transferred to him, the unlucky one. They continue to transfer the luck/unluck back and forth and it really makes it a very entertaining movie.
I’m pairing this movie with Jinx by Phyllis Bourne
What would you do if the person you kinda have a crush on tells you they are jinxed? When Waverly tells him this, Ned doesn’t believe her. He believes Waverly is his happily ever after and he is going to make her see she is not jinxed. But then freak incidents keep happening every time they get intimate! The question is not if he will find true love but is he going to survive true love?
Chris Pine as FDR in This Means War
Who doesn’t love spies. Pairing up Chris Pine with Tom Hardy in this movie, they clearly knew what they were doing. And both of them are trying to gain Reese Witherspoon’s character’s attention and make her choose for one of them. So it’s a win win for every single person in this movie.
I’m pairing this movie with The Hitman by Katrina Jackson
Not really a spy but a hitman. Though Giulio does have to keep quiet about his professional life when he goes on a little vacation to a pretty resort in Italy. No one can know he loves his guns like they are a part of him and constantly searches for them even if he doesn’t have them nearby. At the hotel, he meets a woman who happens to be the one staying at the suite next door. And when he sees her, he becomes captivated by her immediately.
Chris Pine as Prince Charming in Into the Woods
Not really a romantic comedy but I kinda like that Chris Pine is a prince in this movie. He even sings and it’s so damn funny. He’s that egocentric prince we fully know Prince Charming is so it was fun to see him very dashing with his little princely suit joking around.
I’m pairing this movie with Thickerella by Tanzania Glover
A romance book inspired by Cinderella, so it quite fits perfectly, right? Tilly is back home to save her family’s home after her father has passed away. That’s when she meets an unlikely Prince Charming figure in Cam Logan.