Okay, among friends here, I don't think I need to feel too defensive about acknowledging that a lot of romance is heavily trope-based. I think a lot of genre literature, in general, is trope based (the disillusioned PI who finds his heart softened or the traumatized combat veteran struggling to maintain sanity or the spunky amateur sleuth who calmly observes and solves crimes or whatever in other genres are surely tropes, right?) and I think part of the challenge (and fun) of writing genre is finding new ways to express not-so-new ideas. That said, I guess I have a few questions bouncing around in my brain and thought I'd post them here and see if anyone wanted to add to/disagree with any of them. Like: - is ALL romance trope-based? Is the essential conflict-then-HEA just a meta-trope under which other sub-tropes will find their place? Has anyone ever read a romance they think avoids all tropes? (not that I think that's a goal or anything... I'm just curious). - what are your favourite tropes? Do you like the same tropes for reading as you do for writing? - what tropes are in your current WIPs? - I recently started a new project with a bunch of short, dialogue-based stories and for the first time I actually consulted trope lists in order to get ideas for my plots and I felt like I was cheating - was I? (I don't really care... the project is for a totally gimmicky new app, so it's not like I'm writing my heart's voice or anything). Or was I just acknowledging reality and cutting to the chase? - other thoughts about tropes?