I may have mentioned my plan to resurrect my Babes in Spyland universe this year. I won’t take the time to tell you all about it, because it’s a big plan, but suffice it to say, that if you have a sense of humor, and love great characters and ridiculous super-secret-spy stories, that you’ll dig it.
This week I happened to be working on the romance stories for each of the characters. I didn’t even remember it was Valentine’s Day. Coincidence?
If you know me at all, you know that I’m not a romance writer. Or a romance reader. As a matter of fact, the only romance books I’ve read in the past few years have been books that my friends have written that I have done a beta read for them.
Unless you count Pride and Prejudice and Zombies…I did read that one.
Anyway, I had to use my Google-Fu to find a list of commonly used romance plots. I tried TV Tropes, but had to run away, because it’s too much, and I could have gotten sucked in for at least two days. Maybe more. It’s dangerous there. Don’t do it. Trust me.
Once I got clear of TV Tropes, I started looking other places, and found a few lists that really helped.
So this is what you have to look forward to. The following plots will be utilized, and maybe twisted, in my Babes in Spyland universe:
- Taming of the Shrew
- Pride and Prejudice. This one is a must.
- The dreaded Love Triangle, I didn’t want to use this one, but it fits so well…
- A Cinderella story, complete with great shoes
- Forbidden love between agents at rival agencies
- The Classic Afraid to Commit and almost loses the girl/boy trope
If you love romance, I have a few friends who can help.