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For Writers: LGBTIQA Romance Tropes


One of the things that came up during our recent visit to the Dreamspinner retreat was the use of tropes, especially in romance. There’s a great list of general romance tropes here:


I especially like “secret baby”. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like, if you aren’t already familiar with it.

As Angel pointed out to me, tropes aren’t bad, per se, although they can become clichés. They can be used to build a story, and many readers seek out their favorite tropes to find new stories to read. Even Amazon has books categorized by them.

The other thing that came up was the lack (or perceived lack) of a good list of tropes in LGBTIQA romance. So I thought we should build one.

My first suggestion? Mpreg – where one of the male protagonists in an MM story becomes pregnant.

For the purposes of this discussion, we won’t limit ourselves to speculative fiction, and we want the full range of LGBTIQA characters. Once it’s done, we’ll compile a starter list.

So what are some of the tropes you guys see in LGBTIQA Romance? Name and description. Go!

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