You know that thing? That situation you read over and over again, because it’s just so satisfying that authors can’t help to use it?
We all have those tropes we love no matter what.
But … but what if we inject some reality into that situation, eh?
Take, for instance, the handsome hero watching his beautiful heroine sleep. (after she completely consentually allowed him in her bed, mind you. Some tropes are toxic.)
Typically, it’s all very romantic. He admires the sweep of her hair, the brush of her eyelashes, the softness of her cheekbones. Whatever, you get the gist.
Well, I hate to break it to you? But I am a VERY active sleep-talker.
So the reality I would inject into that scene would probably involve me sitting bolt upright, staring directly at him, and telling him the avocados are safe. Potentially with a charming dash of me shrieking and slapping at the blankets because sleep-me thinks they’re filled with spiders.
(These are based on actual sleep-talking-Tami events, by the way. In no way fabricated, even the bit about the avocados).
I would love (lovelovelove) if anyone in the readership can think of a wonderful, beautiful trope … and slap some hilarious reality into it to give it a new spin.
“Only one bed, I guess we’ll have to share it” is even more exciting when paired with “Snores like a sailor and steals all the covers”.
“Love notes from a secret admirer” improves greatly when “he has such horrible handwriting that she spends her lunch hour with her besties trying to decipher his message.”
Lay it on me, I wanna hear them. <3