It’s been a long while since I did a ‘To or Not to’ post. So as a refresher or if it’s the first time you’ve come across this post, let me tell you what this post is about. It was first inspired by the famous Shakespeare line from Hamlet. It’s a question posed to readers and writers of their feelings and thoughts about a specific topic. So far I’ve done a ‘To or Not to’ about romance subplots and including prologues in a story. The reasons for writing under a pen name and the love triangle trope.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day three days ago, today’s post is about another romance trope. The second chance romance. This particular trope deals with the reunion of a former couple. And the reignition of old feelings. For whatever reason, because of a busy body friend or family dislike. Miscommunication or betrayal. The couple’s love fell apart. Then years later, they reunite or an event brings them back to within each other’s orbits. And the sparks are still there. They’re given a second chance to make it right and get their happy ever after. All the while dealing with the former and unresolved obstacles that broke them up in the first place.
Now don’t get me wrong, getting a second chance in anything is an opportunity few people will pass by on. But when it comes to my reading preference, there’s a 50-50 chance I’ll read a second chance romance. The percentage I’ll read the trope is higher if it’s part of a series. Lower if it’s a stand alone.
Because the couple already had their chance. What’s the point in starting a new love with an old love? Aren’t they doomed from repeating their mistakes? Maybe it’s because I’m biased to reading and writing happy ever afters of new loves with new couples. And the second chance romance feels like a happy for now that went wrong the first time. Only to get a sequel to go through the same drama all over again.
So ‘to second chances or not to second chances’? Why do you like reading this romantic trope? Why do you like writing this trope?
What are the best second chance romance books you’ve read? What made it great? What was the worst? Why?