To explain a little about what this post will be about, I’m taking the intro I did for the last one: In every romance book you read there are tropes or archetypes. You can also see them in shows, movies, plays, etc. 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 more. I decided to do a sort of Trope Tuesday piece where I will be talking about many tropes and recommend you all some of my favorites that fit.
What is a trope? Urban Dictionary explains it best I think: “Despite the erroneous definitions already published here, tropeon 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 for sure. 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.
I’m a big fan of retelling but some of my absolute favorites, that I will read no matter what, are Pride and Prejudice and Emma retellings. (Maybe I’ll do an Emma post soon?) Pride and Prejudice is the typical hate to love story that features definitely some pride and with that our protagonists can’t seem to say what they want and what they feel until the very end. There are some misunderstandings, friendships, family and that sweet romance tale. It’s deliciously good, seriously!
I’ve enjoyed some P&P retelling throughout the years and I’m here to share with you the titles. Who doesn’t want more books on their TBRs, really? I do not not want more. *wink*
Pride, Prejudice and Curling Rocks by Andrea Brokaw
Let’s talks about curling! I really have never seen a sports romance with curling as the sport so this is really a breath of fresh air. It features our main character, Darcy, wanting to represent her country at the Olympics. And she won’t let anyone or anything get on her way even the infuriating Lucas Fitzwilliam.
Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
This new 2019 title is already ready for you to pick up and read. Pair with that gorgeous cover, Unmarriageable really is the perfect pick for you. It’s set in modern-day Pakistan! Alys Binat has sworn off marriage and instead is happy to teach young girls Jane Austen and literature. With its magical writing, this title will lead you to the happenings of Pride and Prejudice and make you fall in love all over again.
The Story of Lizzy and Darcy by Grace Watson
A modern-day F/F Pride and Prejudice adaptation. What more can you ask! Lizzy and Darcy dislike each other after their first meeting. And with each new encounter, both will realize there is more about them that they let the world know. Things will change and walls will be kicked down.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Pride is a book you won’t want to miss! Starring all characters of color, this book is a remix of the beloved story.
Zuri Benitez and Darius hate each other. She can’t stand him at ALL. It’s such a shame that her sister is crushing on his brother. But Zuri and Darius will find common ground and realize that they aren’t that different. Ibi Zoboi writes a vibrant story set in Brooklyn while balancing cultural identity, gentrification against first love in its pages.
Prep and Prejudice by Miren B. Flores
Years before, at fourteen, Andrea and Jaime met. The one boy she loved to hate and he hated her right back. More than a decade later, Andrea and her heiress-friend Pilar head off to a small resort on a island. But there she will meet with her nemesis and cruel reminders of the past will appear again.
Find You in Paris by Alix Nichols
Amateur photographer Diane dislikes fragrance mogul Sebastian. He was the one who stole her father’s company. And she now has vowed revenge and she will come for him. Find You in Paris is a fun romantic comedy inspired by Pride and Prejudice. I have had this in my library for so long, I totally had to include it, but also it sounds really awesome.