Romantic Tropes

Seems like it’s important, I guess, to keep writing this. To write every day, even if I don’t feel like it.

I’ve been reading up on romance tropes. Not because I don’t think I can write romance – I can, and how – but because I want to generate ideas, and I don’t want to use tropes that are overtly sexist.

Take the Shut Up Kiss, for example. Woman is talking about something important, and the man decides to silence her with a kiss. It’s so traditional, so common, but also kind of horrible in a “she-didn’t-consent” way. It’s vaguely insulting as well, like he didn’t want to listen to her and thought the best way of demonstrating that fact was to force himself on her.

Lots of romance is messed up. Erotica, at least, doesn’t usually pretend to be anything but what it is.

I still wonder, which one do I want to write? Truth be told, I don’t know. Erotica is going to get boring, if I have to write the same sex scenes over and over again.


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