It’s Thursday again so I’m participating in the Tough Travels meme which is hosted by Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn. These posts are fun explorations of common tropes in fantasy, (sometimes) inspired by Diana Wynne Jones’s The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. Join me in the search for examples of this week’s topic – and don’t forget to check out other people’s lists, they’re wonderful and my TBR pile grows every week because of them!
This week’s topic is very close to me, as we’re looking for FORBIDDEN LOVE: even in Fantasyland parents aren’t always happy with their children’s choice in partners. Yep, that’s true.
You know, paranormal romance is FULL of these examples. I mean, it’s a really common trope anyway but you can’t read a vampire or werewolf novel without someone being all “I’m not good for you” or “he’s trying to eat you, you little fool” but I managed to leave them off this list for the most part.
But if you think that I had a bunch of ideas straightaway, think again. So I enlisted A.’s help and the ones marked with a *star are his ideas, so thanks! <3 (Also, I usually use the dragon-head post dividers for Tough Travels but hearts are much more appropriate this week, no?)
- Akiva and Karou from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. This was my first pick. I spent so much time with this trilogy it’s permanently etched into my memory/mind/soul. Akiva is an angel – Karou is human (or is she?!?!). Anyway, just in case you haven’t read this yet (you REALLY should!), I’m not saying anything else.
- *Burrich and Lady Patience from Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy. Ahh, the age-old conflict between classes.
- *Jamie and Cersei Lannister from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Well, this is less of a families-at-war thing…
- *Jon Snow and Ygritte from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. You know nothing, Jon Snow… GAH this story is another example of why I dislike Martin…
- Celia and Marco from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. I just finished this one last week. Celia and Marco are forced to compete in a game of magic so convoluted and elaborate, it’s no wonder they fall for each other.
- Clary and Jace from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. Yeah, yeah, it’s bad. But Clary and Jace think they’re siblings for a while, which puts a damper on their budding romance. Aww.
- Seraphina and Lucian from Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina. She’s a half-dragon court musician. He’s the prince, engaged to the future queen.
- Paige and Warden from Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season. She’s a dreamwalker, he’s a kind of alien – and their races are at war. OF COURSE they fall in love, even if Paige has a bit of a Stockholm Syndrome (but Warden is a really reluctant jailor so there’s that).
Honorable mention goes to The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (YES, I’m including her again, it’s like she’s becoming my next Lynch!), but I can’t say much more than this because it would really spoil everything.
Which star-crossed fantasy couple have I forgotten to include this week?
Do you like a romance where the couple have to fight to stay together?
I’d love to hear from you! :)