Romance Setups

Feb 9, 2015 by

There are many ways to set up the romance in your story. Here is a list of the most common ones.

First Meet

Girl sees boy, boy notices girl and they both feel a connection or a spark of intrigue that either makes them start talking or run the other way.

I don’t mean love at first sight, I find that very unrealistic; I mean attraction or intrigue at first sight that slowly grows into love the longer they know each other.

Examples: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie

Hate than Love

They hate each other and they like to show it; then they start to like each other but fighting is too much fun (or is simply a good cover for their real feelings); then as they grow and spend more time together they finally admit their love.

It’s is a common favorite for good reason; so much chemistry is built up with this setup.

Examples: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Prince of Persia movie

Best Friends First

They’ve been friends forever or even for a short time and slowly love has grown that neither has even noticed.

I’m a big sucker for this one; the best couples are best friends, I think having been best friends long before they were a couple just makes them even better.

Examples: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Doctor Who episode: Let’s Kill Hitler

Unrequited Love

One likes the other practically from the start but won’t admit it.

This one usually requires the crushee to be clueless but that’s not a bad thing, clueless people can be so lovable! Just be warned there will be times the reader wants to slap them.

Examples: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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