Paranormal Romance Tropes with Roxanne Rhoads
March…in Michigan we’re deep into cabin fever at this point. Sick of winter, longing for spring…the one thing that keeps me sane is reading. Thank the heavens for books.
I read everything- fiction, non-fiction, if there are words I’ll read them.
Obviously one of my favorite genres is paranormal romance. I also love urban fantasy and cozy mysteries with supernatural elements. Cozies are my comfort reading. Urban fantasies are my escape books because I love to dive into a series that has extensive character and world building but if I want romance paranormals are the best.
Immortal men, men with super human strength, amazing sexual prowess…yes please. If I want to fantasize about unattainable men I want to go all out. Why drool over normal humans?
There are several common tropes and plots that appear in paranormal romance books.
In many books you’ll find a version of instant true love whether the couple is fated to be together through prophecy, mate bonds, imprinting, spells, etc. What do you think of insta-love?
Another common trope is two people fall in love that should never be together. Think Romeo and Juliet supernatural style (just with a HEA ending- hopefully). A vampire falls in love with a witch, a werewolf falls in love with a human, a demon falls in love with an angel…two very different and sometimes warring creatures fall madly in love…but have to stay apart because they aren’t meant to be together. Obviously they don’t stay apart and thus we have the basic underlying tension and plot of the romance novel.
Another common element is the supernatural guy is always extremely wealthy. That’s a nice bonus in a man right? Immortal, super strong and rich? But really, just because he’s a supernatural creature doesn’t mean money magically appears. Is every supernatural creature automatically smart with money and investments? I mean sure, if you live for centuries you should be able to figure some things out but really, I never see that explained too much. Not every vampire started out as a prince, not every werewolf can be the CEO of a huge company. Do they kill and take other people’s money, do they hoard things, do they simply find someone really good with money to make investments for them and handle all the paperwork?
What things do you see in paranormal romance that make you wonder?
What standard tropes and plot lines do you love, which ones do you hate? Which ones appear in this month’s new releases?
March is full of books I must have. Looks like the publishers are well aware people are suffering from cabin fever and in need of new books. Check out all the pretties being released this month.
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, Book 12) by Darynda Jones
Burn Bright (Alpha and Omega, Book 5) by Patricia Briggs
Veiled Enchantments (Veiled Magic, Book 3) by Deborah Blake
Flight of the White Wolf (White Wolf, Book 2) by Terry Spear
Covert Game (GhostWalker, Book 14) by Christine Feehan
Twice Bitten (Argeneau, Book 27) by Lynsay Sands
High Voltage (MacKayla Lane / Fever, Book 10) by Karen Marie Moning
Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood Novella) by J.R. Ward
Hot and Badgered (Honey Badgers, Book 1) by Shelly Laurenston
Midnight Wolf (Shifters Unbound, Book 11) by Jennifer Ashley
Dark Queen (Jane Yellowrock, Book 12) by Faith Hunter
Highland Dragon Master (Dawn of the Highland Dragon, Book 3) by Isabel Cooper
Hooked on a Phoenix (Phoenix Brothers) by Ashlyn Chase
The Pursuit (Morcai Battalion) by Diana Palmer
Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon (Embraced, Book 3) by Kerrelyn Sparks
Alpha Unleashed (Grizzlies Gone Wild, Book 4) by Kathy Lyons
Columnist Roxanne Rhoads: Story strumpet and tome loving tart...Roxanne Rhoads is a paranormal romance author, book publicist and owner of Bewitching Book Tours. Visit her at Roxanne's Realm and Bewitching Book Tours.