What’s that old saying? “Once bitten,
twice trope shy.”
When I first drafted this post, I was in a super creative mood and picked five different tropes with five different answers ‘cause, you know, what the hell?
The original draft was wild. The original draft was colorful. The original draft took her top off and danced on the bar to “Margaritaville” six rum and coke shots in and french kissed a dude with a sloth tattoo.
She was short lived.
Here’s the thing: the more I thought about each trope, the more there was one which stood out to me as quicksand I “hated” yet got suckered into more often than not. Literally. Sucked. Ankle deep and screaming for my momma or a package of Oreos as my last meal. I’m not 100% sure it really IS a trope but I’m treating it as one anyway-
Second-Go-‘Round Love Story
You know what I mean. First Love Story either:
A. dies during war
B. turns out to be the bad guy bent on world domination
C. is as exciting as watching paint dry
D. goes missing
E. gets taken captive
F. flat out rejects the main character…
You get my point. → First-Go-Round Love Story takes a hike and THERE WE ARE, MY FRIENDS! Lost in the steamy jungle of sexual angst and forbidden feelings. Sometimes the pieces fit a little too perfectly with the Second-Go-‘Round. Sometimes it’s awful convenient to get rid of that First Love Story. Sometimes it’s just plain heartless and/or pointless. Sometimes First Love Story comes back to find his friends shacked up together and he’s like: “Hey guys, I’m alive.” **waves a small wave from the back**
I’ll be honest – I could devote a whole blogpost to solely Second Love Story Sarah J. Maas characters right here but I’m going to try and toss out a mixed bag. (I don’t really want to be varied – I could talk about Maas-Characters all day, y’all. The good, the bad, and the ugly.)
Here’s some Second-Go-‘Round Love Story trope features that I adore:
Emma + Killian in Once Upon a Time
(I don’t think I loved a single person on this show more than Hook, y’all.)
Kelsey + Kishan in Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck
(Once you go black tiger…)(Sorry. Terrible joke.)
Jamie + Claire in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Sigh…)
Anna + Kristoff in Frozen (‘Cause, holy cute…)
Celaena + Chaol in Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
(Okay, so technically he’s third round but I love me some Chaol.)
Danny + Evelyn in Pearl Harbor
Damon + Elena in Vampire Diaries
Booth + Brennan in Bones
Know any Second-Go-‘Round Love Stories that I missed? Any of your favorites?