Jeanne blogged about Love in the Time of Coronavirus. Specifically, she said this: Forced proximity is a romance trope wherein the couple in question is forced by circumstance (blizzard, long-haul truck run, bodyguard, work assignment, etc.) to spend time together. I agree that the stuck together trope will be very popular in the near future, there’s got to be others. I’ve blogged about romance during a disaster before. Jeanne is right again that blizzards are very common ways to get two people stuck together. Linda Howard has a good one in Ice.
But let’s think up some others. How about:
- Enemies to lovers. A restauranteur closes up business because of stay-at-home orders but volunteers to prepare food for shut-ins. So he contacts a local nonprofit for help in distributing the food. And it’s an old enemy from some situation or another.
- Childhood friends. Come back home to take care of parents and reconnect. Say one neighbor is a big farmer/gardener and has lots of fruits/veggies canned/frozen/stored and the other is a rancher with various meats and eggs and they need to barter with each other.
- Slow burn. One of the couple has loved the other for a long time, but they’ve just been friends. With a pandemic making the one realize that life is short, he/she pushes for more.
What ideas do you have for a pandemic romance?