Top 3 Romantic book tropes you need in your life right now

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Getting lost in the world of books is one of the most common but highly enjoyable pastimes. Whatever genre that you are into, it is indeed an escape from the day-to-day realities that come your way. With the rise of social media, the book community is bigger than ever. Being able to connect with millions of people around the world and exchanging ideas and thoughts about their favorite characters, the world is becoming smaller and more accessible than ever.

The book community on social media is slowly developing easier ways of consuming books and stories based on their preferences, and that is where the concept of “book tropes” come into play. Tropes are essentially a plot device that are commonly and conventionally seen in certain genres. In social media, book recommendations are categorized in different book tropes.

Whether it is a TikTok video, Facebook or Instagram reel or a Twitter thread, the use of book tropes has been an easy way of summarizing books as well as selling them.

To get started, here are some of the top three book tropes that you should be familiar with along with some good book recommendations:

Marriage for convenience

Similar to the “fake dating” trope, marriage for convenience is where two people agree to marry solely for business and monetary gains. Well, that is no longer the case when both characters start opening up to each other. This trope is common, but it does deviate from the usual storyline that a happy ending ends in a happy marriage. Being stuck in matrimony while denying their attraction towards each other. There is one book that is sure to get you to believe in love and, perhaps in marriage, is “With You Forever” by Chloe Liese. What first started out as a hopeless attraction, Ryder and Rooney are now stuck with each other for a year. For Ryder to legally acquire his fortune that his uncle left him, he had to get married but only to save his family’s beloved cabin that they all grew up with.

“I hate everyone but you”

There is always something but an angsty character who hates everything and everyone around them but achingly loves you with all their heart. Regardless of what genre, this trope is common in a lot of books, but it is easy to see why it is a favorite. It is endearing to see a character fall so hard for their significant other, stripped and bare from their tough façade. There are countless books that have this trope, and it is sure to get everyone squealing and dying from intense love and passion emanating from the story. The “Shatter Me” me book series by Tahereh Mafi is a must-read for those who want a proper introduction to the trope.

Enemies to lovers

There is nothing like people who can stand each other, wanting to rip each other’s throats but end up being helplessly in love with each other. There are a million reasons for people to hate each other and sometimes their circumstances lead them to be, but a defining moment will ultimately leave both sides questioning whether they should stick to how they initially feel or follow their heart. There are countless books out there that have this trope but if you are a beginner and you want a proper introduction to this angsty but incredibly romantic trope, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series by Sarah J. Maas, “Serpent and Dove” by Shelby Mahurin.