I'm going to give the author the benefit of the doubt and assume she just found this list, alphabetized it, and posted it, because I certainly hope no established author in her right mind would willingly recommend young writers use tropes as a crutch. We've all used tropes before, okay? We all start there. Then we look back and blush and try to hurry on as quickly as possible. But please, don't recommend to people that these tropes are actually good things. We're supposed to move on from them, not carry them with us.
Okay, I'm going to hit the highlights here. You ready? Be prepared to blush and laugh and cry and tear your hair out. It gets good.
abduction to love: I think this is called Stockholm syndrome, and isn't it considered a bad thing? Yo, Phantom of the Opera - what do you think?
accidental pregnancy: Somebody please explain to me (I am otherwise experienced in this) how you can have an "accidental" pregnancy.
amnesia: Ah ha ha, "50 First Dates," anyone? How depressing is that...
antihero romance: Unless you really know what you're doing, this is going to be lame. Just because he/she is the antihero does not mean he/she is automatically hot/brooding/mysterious.
arranged marriage: Because we are so enlightened now and arranged marriages are a freak-show of the past.
bait and switch: Yeah, that worked out well for Jacob.
beauty and the beast: Again?
best friend’s lover: Blurred morality.
best friend’s sibling: Why is this a big deal?
best friends/ friends first: Finally, someone is making sense here.
blackmail: How does blackmail produce romance?
bodyguard crush: Oh, grow up.
boy hates girl: Yes, yes, I know, but try not to disguise the fact that they are going to get together because, let's face it, we all know they're going to get together. That's how the stories work.
boy meets ghoul: Say what, now?
boy meets girl: Really. Tell me something I don't know. The book was listed under "romance," after all.
break his heart to save him: Go ahead and try this one, it could be good. There is immediate character interplay just in this one line. This is the kind of love which has true grit: it's going to save him, even if it means he can't have what he thought he wanted. It could be good.
bully turned puppy lover: Because this is obviously what we should all strive for.
celibate hero: What.
consanguinity: At first I thought we were talking about incest, but no, it's not that bad.
crazy love: What.
damaged lead finds happily ever after: Because no one has ever written that before.
dark secret keeps them apart: Or this one.
different worlds: Or this one.
fling: Oh yes, this is the best idea yet. Shallow, biological attraction. That's the heart of romance right there.
forbidden love/Romeo and Juliet: I'm still convinced that "Romeo & Juliet" was meant to be a comedic satire on EVERYONE WHO WOULD WRITE THAT KIND OF STORY.
girl wants bad boy: Girl, go home. You're too stupid to know what is good for you.
guardian/ward: Everyone sees that coming.
guy wants cheerleader: The hell why?
if I can’t have you, no one will!: May or may not have used this one to some extent in "Plenilune."
imaginary love triangle: I tried to use imaginary shapes in geometry class. It didn't work.
impotent love: Exactly why are we using the word "impotent" alongside "love"?
innocent cohabitation: Yes, this is what naive young girls fantasize about, but real life does not work that way.
instant/false sweethearts: I - what? I don't actually know what to make of this one.
it happened in Vegas: Because that is always the precursor to a healthy romance.
long-term lovers: I know, they're such exotic creatures these days.
love reforms villain: Usually lame and frequently unrealistic.
love triangle: I think most readers actually hate love triangles.
mad love: How is this different from "crazy love"? Is it actually mad? Is it angry or insane? I don't have enough to work with here.
men in uniform: I'm sorry to disappoint you, but the militia has already left for Brighton.
mistaken declaration of love leads to love: I actually sat here for several minutes trying to work this one out. I've got nothing.
one night stand: Are you serious right now?
one wants true love/other wants a fling: Seriously?
oops! fall in love with the wrong person (which could ruin everything!): Okay, wow, love is not a contagion that you can't avoid despite taking women's supplements and drinking orange juice every morning. It's not something that "accidentally" happens to you. Sheesh, I am so ticked off right now.
partners in crime: Literally or figuratively? Because crime is still crime, whether you love your accomplice or not.
passionate lovers: As opposed to dispassionate lovers.
Plain Jane get the hottie: Yay, Jane! You go, girl!
playboy: Encouraging the erroneous view that rich, profligate guys are totally hot and if you can just reform them of their ways, they will still remain mysterious, suave, and filthy-money-loaded.
politics: There is little romance in politics. You are either a pawn or a prostitute or both.
reluctant sex worker: As opposed to an enthusiastic one? Guess she won't get a good tip.
removing the rival: But what if the rival was "the one"? What if they were both walking side by side and one of them gets struck by lightning? What then?
rescue romance: This has been done.
return to hometown: This has also been done.
revenge: Because that worked out so well for the Count of Monte Cristo.
road trip romance: There's nothing more romantic than having to put up with the woman's tiny bladder on a long car ride.
rock star hero: Money? Check. Fame? Check. Good looks? Check. Got yourself a perfect recipe for a cheap romance right there.
royalty: Yes, just so long as you give me a male heir, otherwise we're through.
scars from the past: Done.
secret baby- he doesn’t know she’s PG: I literally do not know how to handle this. Does "PG" mean "pregnant?" Or does she need parental guidance? And, you know, if she is pregnant, he's going to get wise to the situation sooner or later.
secret that can end everything: I may or may not have testified against those French nobility. You may or may not be an Englishman in disguise.
sibling triangle: I was also afraid this was incest, but I think it's just that two siblings are crushing on some one other unrelated person. This actually happened to someone I know and, trust me, it turns out super horribly for everyone.
sibling’s ex-spouse: I'm going to be downright honest here and say that, since I do subscribed to what God has said, this is not an acceptable situation unless the spouse has died.
sleeps with everyone but you: Then maybe there is something wrong with you.
sudden parent: What the hell even? Generally you get some warning, so, no excuse.
the one that got away: Then obviously she has good taste.
time travel: Super, super difficult. Do not attempt unless you know what you are doing. A good romance is hard enough to pull off without throwing time-travel into the mix.
tortured hero(ine): Wow, that's a novel idea. I've never heard that one before.
tragic love affair: All affairs are, by nature, tragic.
tragic past: Yes, by all means, let's cheapen real tragedy.
unrequited-love-switcheroo love triangle: I cannot take you seriously if you use the word "switcheroo."
unwanted harem: Now, this is just hilarious.
virginal/innocent: I know, right? It's so rare these days.
wallflower noticed by the rake: Yes, but did you remember to pick up the leaves?
In case you were wondering, yes, I really love romance. Right off the top of my head, I can think of only two pending stories which do not include romance. Romance is great! Romance is sweet. Romance touches us. Romance is what we all long for. So yes, I am making fun of most of these tropes - because tropes are generally stupid. But also yes, I am completely in favour of romance.
Just not these.