This week in our series about popular romance tropes we’re looking at the perennial ‘Enemies to Lovers’ plotline.
By Gracie MacGregor
‘My only love sprung from my only hate!’ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
I know Jane Austen is often touted as the first romance novelist, but she had a helpful predecessor in her compatriot, one William Shakespeare, playwright and poet.
Shakespeare was a master romancer in the enemies-to-lovers trope.
Sometimes his enemies were purely circumstantial: the bitter feud between the Capulets and Montagues was never going to be enough to keep Juliet from her Romeo.
At other times, they were fiercely intentional, desperately protecting their hearts and souls from the threats they perceived came from love and vulnerability to another.
You could argue Katherina might have been better off if she’d fought her passion for bordering-on-misogynistic Petruchio just a little harder.
But we’re all better off for the barbed…
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