19 March 2010

De Trope

Earlier this week I finished reading Miss Winthorpe's Elopement (Christine Merrill). It contained one of my favourite historical romance tropes - the marriage of convenience. I thought it was also going to contain another of my favourite tropes - estate rehabilitation. I'm not sure if that is the correct term for this trope, but you know what I mean, yes? When the estate is disrepair and the hero and/or heroine must set it to rights? As seen in The Two Farms (Mary Pearce), The Marriage Bargain (Diane Perkins) and to a certain extent Mary Jo Putney's The Bargain and The Rake. There's something about turning the chaos into order, the nonproductive into the productive that appeals to me...

So, even though this question is almost as old as time itself *grin* I was wondering...what are your favourite tropes (any genre)? And...this is rather cheeky, but...any suggestions on suitable books containing the 'estate rehabilitation' trope would be more that welcome *cheeky grin*

Edited to change 'estate planning' to 'estate rehabilitation' at Chris' suggestion!

15 comments:

  1. Not much for the historicals... Maybe estate rehabilitation is a better name for that trope?

    I'm a sucker for the "gay for you" trope, no matter how unrealistic it might be.

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  2. Chris - 'estate rehabiliation' is a fantastic name! I love it! You're a genius *beams* And I think when I wrote the post (Wednesday night) I was still in historical mode - I wasn't thinking of all the other wonderful tropes out there. I too love the 'gay for you' trope. *rubs hands with glee* I've barely scratched the surface of the m/m genre - so many great books to look forward too!

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  3. Aw, thanks! Estate planning made me think of preparing one's last will and testament!

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  4. I like the big ball where EVERYTHING happens. Don't know why, but I'm a total sucker for that.

    Loretta Chase has written some great books with estate planning--The Lion's Daughter springs immediately to mind. There's also The Fortune Hunter by Diane Farr and Meet Me At Midnight by Jacqueline Navin.

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  5. Chris - LOL! Yes, and considering I've been fussing with estate for what feels like years (on behalf of various family members) I should have seen that one coming right at me! I've also now changed it in the post...took me 45 minutes to realize that I hadn't! DUH! Good thing it's Friday...well, here :)

    SQUEE! (((heidenkind))) - you're a star, thank you so much for the suggestions! And yes, the big ball trope is a good one. It's amazing what people can get up too at those *grin*

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  6. Not Friday here yet, alas.... *sigh*

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  7. Not "estate" but... if you haven't read Morning Glory yet, the rehabilitation of the "Dinsmore place" plays a big part in the story. (Set in the early 1940s, in Georgia, US)

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  8. I think the recent book that's got a lot of good buzz, In for a Penny, has a lost of "estate" stuff. I have a copy if you want to borrow it.

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  9. Gosh, I feel like I've read a thousand of those "estate rehabilitation" stories but of course I can't come up with a single title. I shall think on it and see what I can come up with. (I love them too!)

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  10. But Friday now Chris *grin*

    azteclady - I haven't heard of Morning Glory, so I've added it to the list :) Thank you! I love the 1940s :)

    Kerry - I read a review for In For A Penny recently and it sounds like a great book. I've been hoping the library would purchase it, but if you don't mind me borrowing your copy that would be wonderful - thank you!

    Nicola - thank yo! I'll keep my fingers crossed as I just adore reading them!

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  11. Almost Saturday, actually - seven minutes to go. :)

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  12. (((azteclady))) Thank you! And my library has a copy - YAH!

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  13. I sometimes like the marriage of convenience trope - depends how it's done - and I also like the flipped version of it, where two characters enter into a "no strings attached" sexual connection, and it evolves into a relationship, although this is something I can only think of slash examples for. I prefer personal rehabilitation to estates, tho' - possibly because the latter makes me feel more guilty about housework/gardening!

    I'm currently reading quite a bit of fanfic involving established but dysfunctional relationships, where people have ended up with the wrong person or at the wrong time, and nobody wants to talk about their feelings. Not sure if this counts as a trope!

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