The journey of two characters from strangers to lovers.
One of the perennial herbs and spices in the cauldron of storytelling old and new. It's been around a while
, it's a major driving force of fiction
and it's not going anywhere. A surefire crowd pleaser; probably the only way to really, really
screw it up is to overdo it
. Induces emotional stakes
in an audience like nothing else.
Comes in a myriad forms and flavors. Employs plenty of tropes to get itself across, though a lot of them are mutually exclusive. Like many other tropes, the Romance Arc
is looking for a balance: Too many stock derivatives and it's just too much
; too few, and it's not much of an arc at all
See also: Love Tropes
; How to Become a Love Interest
Here are some of the common checkpoints of a Romance Arc
in typical chronological order.