If you’ve been listening to my podcast, you probably already know the little mini series I’ve been working on. Every Friday, I make a podcast episode, and my current ones are featuring different tropes from different book genres. The two that I’ve done so far are Romance and Horror – they’re my favorite genres to talk about and make fun of!
It doesn’t end there. I have a few other genres on my hit list like Crime Fiction, Science Fiction, Epic Fantasies, and Teen Fiction. Don’t worry, I’ve got a list that expands even further than the ones I’ve listed here. Movies and T.V. shows based on books also make it onto my podcast (I’m looking at you Twilight.)
You may be scratching your head wondering what a trope is. I’m so glad you asked! In the literary world, a trope is a running theme that you may see in books. It’s a plot line or subplot that are recurring. For example, in romance novels, a lot of them have a trope known as “enemies to lovers” where two characters hate each other in the beginning and slowly develop feelings over time. Think of books like Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. The books that the Netflix show Bridgerton are based on come to mind as well.
Tropes aren’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, some agents and publishers are looking for certain ones that are in right now. The key is to make sure that your book stands apart from the original mold in a new, refreshing way and that’s why it’s trope season on my podcast!
My podcast, lovingly known as the Author Podcast Show, is a place where I do book reviews for aspiring and published authors, writing tips, publishing advice, and author interviews. It’s also the one place I can be my silly self and sit back to have a chat with everyone.
So, tune in every Friday around 3 P.M. for the latest episode! If you’re looking for a book review or interview, you can fill out my contact form under the Podcast page and I’ll get back to you. Book reviews and interviews are always free – as a self-published author myself, I know what it’s like to try different affordable marketing strategies.
We’ll all chat this Friday! Happy writing!