We are now coming to the stunning conclusion of Book Princess’s Mandy’s award-winning introspective look into her sordid romantic past and the tropes that are prevalent in the YA contemporary romance community.
…that was a mouthful to just say, hey y’all, welcome to part 3 how YA romances tricked me into believing tropes will happen in my love life. Fun times. If you’ve missed part 1 or 2, click here and here.
This will be the final one (…I think, but we all know how much YA romances love a good comeback so perhaps we’ll see a few more pop up if you or I come up with some other much needed to be talked about tropes), so shall we all take a moment to thank the book blog gods that we’ll finally put an end to the oversharing from me?
Myth #1: Enemies to Lovers
Okay, while some of these are great, I’m not usually a fan of the whole enemies to lovers trope…mostly because I mean, they’re your enemy for a reason, right? I can’t see falling for anyone that I hated with a fiery passion and considered my sworn nemesis. But alas, YA loves it, and I have had a few that I read that turned out amazing, so I will forgive the popularity of this trope. Most of the books in YA and in this trope usually feature two people that have had some big misunderstanding or one has “wronged” the other person. However, by midway through the book with all the hijinks and pranks and glares, the two discover, oh, wait, maybe they really aren’t so terrible, and maybe they should just passionately kiss or something.
Real life practicality? Well, I’ve never really had an enemy, and the sort of people that I did strongly dislike I never wanted to make out with. I did bicker with this one guy in eighth grade and could have fell into this category…except, well, he never accepted my friend request, so I suppose we’ll never know the possibilities since we’re still stuck in the enemy category?
Myth #2: Sherlock & Watson
Okay, this is a small subset of the mystery/thriller category in the YA genre, but I loveeeeeeeeeeee a good little romantic subplot in a mystery book. If I can solve an epic mystery and have a little swoony romance, I AM SO HAPPY IT IS UNBELIEVABLE. So Excited. Anyway, there are two focuses in the mystery romance category.
- The love interest is totally being super kind and helping out to solve the mystery. He is the super kind best friend; the random person that has some kind of vested interest in seeing the outcome; or perhaps the new kid who is intrigued by our lovable Sherlock.
- The love interest is a suspect. In the midst of drama and thrilling mystery, the main character gets close to our love interest so they can discover their brooding reasons and that he or she really isn’t the law-breaking troublemaker everyone thinks they are. Most likely, the love interest will help to clear their own name.
Real life situations? Well, I’ve never had to solve a mystery other than where did I put my phone and my Watson is usually my cat who follows me around, hoping I will give him so treats. It does seem pretty far-fetched, though, but then again, it’s a staple in the mystery/thriller genre so who knows? Could be totes real.
Myth #3: That Adorable, Funky Premise
Okay, I love me some adorable, funky premises, and YA does it wellllllllllll. Some are completely absurd in practicality, but oh so brilliant in book land. Being locked in a library with the bad boy? Fake boyfriend contracts? Being forced to text your cousin’s love interest and falling for him yourself? Well, no chance these will actually happen in my life, but they are fun and adorable and they bring out a lot of the reasons why we love to read: it’s cute; it makes us happy; and gives us a chance to experience something we normally wouldn’t experience. Yes, I will never be locked in a library with a cute guy, but I can experience it in By Your Side. Yes, I will never throw coffee on a man that my parents arranged for me to marry, but I can laugh about it in When Dimple Met Rishi. And yes, I will never be stuck on a desert island with a guy, but I can still swoon over it in A Map for Wrecked Girls. That’s the beauty of YA contemporary romance, and it’s why I’m going to keep reading it for the fun, funnies, and forever swoons.