Romance Tropes in A Room With A View

Let’s look at the romance tropes in A Room With A View, shall we? I would argue that Forster didn’t set out to write a romance novel, rather he wrote a novel that included a romance. The British Library notes that an early draft included “George’s demise, with a very different ending from the one Forster used ultimately.”  Even so,…

Mary Johnston’s To Have and To Hold

To Have and To Hold is a gilded age tale of love and adventure by Virginian author, Mary Johnston, who set the tale in the history of her home: Colonial Jamestown. Book details: Title: To Have and To Hold Author: Mary Johnston Original publication date: 1899 Setting time & place: 1621 Jamestown, Virginia Colony He is… a war veteran with…

Romance Tropes in Jane Eyre

Following on Pride and Prejudice, I’m looking at another classic romance: Jane Eyre. I’ll give you the quick details in case you don’t already know them, and then I’ll look at the romance tropes in Jane Eyre. Book details: Title: Jane Eyre Author: Charlotte Bronte Original publication date: 1847 Setting time & place: Early 19th century Northern England: a charity…

Romance Tropes in Pride and Prejudice

In our second syllabus reading, let’s do a quick rundown on Austen’s classic novel then look for romance genre tropes in Pride and Prejudice. Book details: Title: Pride and Prejudice Author: Jane Austen Original publication date: 1813 Setting time & place: Early 19th century England, country estates in Hertfordshire, Kent & Derbyshire as well as London He is… a rich…

Romance tropes in Pamela

  Reading Pamela is a slog, but I do see why it gets mentioned as “the first romance novel” because there are plenty of romance tropes in Pamela’s story. We start with two characters who are separated by seemingly unsurmountable obstacles, but by the end they are married and seem to believe they will live happily ever after. That’s the…