Several times this year I have participated in knitting-related Instagram challenges. Organizers post a list of prompts and those participating post pictures or collages that respond to the prompt. Participating in these fun, joy-sharing challenges has lightened my mood, connected me to new people and let me get to know others better.
I love the romance twitter, I love hearing about people's new favorite books, or the romance that got them hooked and I think everyone could use some book-related joy right now. So I asked on twitter if anyone knew of a romance related challenge.
Anyone know of a romance challenge? I think we could do fave tropes, hero, heroine, premise...etc https://t.co/UhMVcq20vz— Ana Coqui (@anacoqui) April 13, 2017
It seems that it has been done at least a couple of times before either on IG or as a blogging challenge but there was plenty of interest in doing a twitter one. My vision is for a multi-platform challenge. People can respond to the prompt in whatever way they would like, with a tweet, a blog/tumblr post or photo as long as they tagged and shared it on twitter. I looked around and it seems that #RombkLove hasn't had many posts, so I am going to use it for this challenge.
I would love to get it going on May 1st. That means coming up with 31 different prompts.
Here are some that have been suggested so far. I would love additional suggestions, so we have lots to choose from.
- Favorite cover
- Auto-buy authors
- Favorite sub-genre
- Favorite hero
- Favorite heroine
- Best grovel
- Favorite line
- Most romantic moment
- Sexiest dialogue
- Favorite character archetype
- Favorite Trope
- Favorite Setting/time period
- First Romance
- Most Read
- Thought I would hate it but...
- Favorite romance related non-book item (swag, bookmarks, shirts, etc.)
I've received a ton of suggestions in the comments and through Twitter, so here are some of the ones that have been shared with me:
- Bicker & Banter
- Meet Cute
- Insert Trope here
- Favorite Duke
- Favorite Non-Aristocrat
- Favorite Secondary Characters
- Favorite Series or Family
- Novel with Romantic Elements
- Gateway Romance
- Book you always recommend
- Diverse Author
- Favorite Occupation
- Favorite Adaptation
- Best Friendship group/posse/buddies
- Romance Icons
- Favorite Pet
- Favorite Novella/Old-school Rom/Category etc.
- Best Role reversal
- First Kiss
- Favorite Romland memory
- Underappreciated Author
One thing that has come up a couple of times is the suggestion to open the prompts up to interpretation, so they aren't always best or favorite. I really don't want to add negativity but on reflection it is a good idea to make the prompts broad enough that people feel free to respond as they feel moved to.
I also want to make the prompts as inclusive as possible, so I'll be reworking them to make sure they are broadly applicable to all kinds of romances.
Do you have a suggestion for a prompt? Post a comment or send me a tweet.
And if you are excited about participating please check back here or on twitter before May 1st!