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Ask Bookworms: Favorite Love Tropes

Ask Bookworms: Favorite Love Tropes

We asked the folks over at Bookworm Corner what their favorite love tropes are. Read on to find out!

Enemies to Lovers

"The type where they're out to k*ll each other enemies to lovers, like Kingdom of the Wicked or This Is How You Lose The Time War."

—Jaeramarga Usman


"I love enemies-to-lovers trope more, here are my faves:

Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden Mills

Bully by Penelope Douglas

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Vicious by L.J. Shen

Whether it's YA, new adult, adult or steamy.. I love them as long as the story is well written, with some angst."

—Kristelle Mae Asinas


"Enemies to lovers is a fun trope to read, especially since it will most likely be treated with humor. Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Party is an entertaining read exploring this trope. A lot of classic books deal with this trope, too: Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables. Does Romeo and Juliet count?

For fans of unrequited love, check out Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera. It's not really a romance book (since romance adheres to strict genre conventions) but it does explore romantic themes."

—Ilia Eirene


More recommendations

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

—Lourdes Punongbayan

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

—Regina C. Cruz


Other iterations

  • Rivals to Lovers
  • Enemies to Friends to Lovers


Everyone Can See It But Them

"My current faves with this trope are Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon and Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren."

—Yna Gabrinao



"I am not sure if this type is a trope but, I am most drawn to stories with “alpha female falling for the normal guy” romance trope. Like in this book by Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess, the female lead is characterised as a successful attorney living her dream in a corporate office in London. When she went through a meltdown, she left all the glitz and glamour and stayed in a countryside. She then discovers her inner peace and balance and finds herself falling for a simple guy.

The book is actually my favorite from Sophie Kinsella’s works. While “alpha male falling for the clumsy female” trope is more realistic and relatable (like the Shopaholic Series), I believe that the former has its own charms and hits close to home. It makes me think that women don’t always need powerful men to make them feel complete and happy. Also, it is sometimes refreshing to see how women can be as independent and career-driven as how normally men are portrayed in romance stories."

—Vee Na


Or the other way around, like how Shane Nafarrete-Bariring likes the "down-to-earth witty girl and famous guy" trope.


Childhood Friend Turned Romantic Interest

"Also love reading about childhood friend turned romantic interest, such as in Little Women and Great Expectations."

—Ilia Eirene


Trapped Together

"I dunno what it's called, it has something to do with proximity. They are usually stranded (an island, a car while on a road trip).

And I am so basic I like opposites attract (popular and unpopular, carefree and uptight, etc.)"

—Ericzon Santos


Special mentions:

  • Fake dating/fake relationship
  • Older sibling's best friend
  • Second chance
  • Opposites attract
  • Time travel romance
  • Mafia romance
  • Forbidden romance

What's your favorite love story trope? Share it in the comments!

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