Trope Tuesday #3: Star-Crossed Lovers.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

Star-Crossed Lovers is probably the most popular romance trope out there, I mean, who doesn’t know about Romeo and Juliet? Actually, this trope has been refereed to more often than not as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ instead of its actual name.

The trope happens when two lovers are destined to be kept apart no matter how hard they struggle to be together. It could be fate, or fatally-feuding families, or it may be something as mundane as a few hundred miles’ separation, but something will always be in their way.

There are way too many popular books with this trope that you probably already read or at least heard about it, like The Hunger GamesVampire Academy and The Raven Cycle just to name a few. My personal favorites are Blood For BloodCinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) and Shatter Me.

One of the most common version of this trope, Interspecies Romance (i.e. when people from different species fall in love, like let’s say, vampires and humans), is still very present in popular books, Twilight anyone? Other well known series are Lux SeriesPenryn & the End of DaysWarm Bodies, etc.

Overall, this is a trope that could be handled in so many different ways, and it could be amazing or it can be tiring and cliche, it really depends on how the author deals with it. So I personally don’t go looking for books in this trope but I don’t judge or avoid books based on it either.


4 thoughts on “Trope Tuesday #3: Star-Crossed Lovers.

  1. I think it’s really hard to avoid this trope, especially if you’re a romance reader.

    I don’t hate star crossed lovers, but Romeo and Juliet will always be my favorite version of it. I haven’t come across a contemporary written novel that I’ve liked the execution of it in.

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    • That’s true, it is pretty hard to avoid it and it’s not like I really try to haha.
      To be honest I have a lot of issues with Romeo and Juliet, so there are a lot of books from this trope that I prefer to it.

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