Writing Tip 37: Likeable Tropes

Some of these tropes are obviously overdone but they have been overdone well. I like them and you probably like them too. These are some of the ones that I enjoy reading about.

1. The forbidden Romance

When they can’t be together because of a legend, or they’re on opposing sides of a war, or when their families are feuding. Not because the guy is married and he’s cheating on his wife that’s an asshole.

2. Enemies to lovers

This nice to read when they are opposites and they have to work together for some sort of project and they bicker, get on each other’s nerve, and then they slowly realize that they are perfect for each other.


3. Friendship betrayal

When the main character’s (MC) best friend stabs them in the back. This is so epic to see especially when you didn’t see it coming.

4. The misfit crew

When the story has diverse characters and they start out cool but then they slowly start having issues. Their relationship starts getting complicated and the only way to defeat the villain is that they must work together. So they must put their animosity aside and eventually this brings them closer and they find themselves again and be happy.

5. The power couple

Two people who are badass in equal ways and they kickass together.

6. The villain who doesn’t look like a villain

The cute, sweet, and handsome villain. Usually villains are hideous and are not pleasant to look at. But if the villain is equally handsome as the MC then it makes it hard to hate him or to believe he is the villain.

7. Waiting for the mushy stuff

When the kissing is not the main point of the story. The two protagonists has the opportunity to kiss but danger approaches or they get interrupted and they must pull apart. The readers expect them to do something but the writer wants the buildup and the tension to grow between them.

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