While this trope may never work out in real life,  fake relationships- that become real sure are appealing to read about! After reading When It’s Real, I felt inspired to write this post and talk about fake relationships some more. Here are some of the key elements that I’ve noticed in these books:

1. There’s always a reason behind it all


Before the emotions, there was the calculating plan that brought these two together in the first place. There could be a number of reasons why they felt like they had to stage a fake romance like financial troubles, judgment of friends and family, etc., but the top contender is usually to keep up appearances.

2. Prejudices in the way


We all have preconceptions of people before we truly get to know them and the OTP of this novel isn’t any different. Except for the fact that they hate each other’s guts almost right off the bat. First impressions are a big deal in this subgenre and set the tone of the couple’s relationship for a good part of the novel. Now, if there was only some way to get rid of these assumptions… 😉

3. Physical attraction

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While our couple may not be connecting emotionally at first, they certainly can’t help stealing glances at each other! Not that they would admit it to each other, though! At least, not so early on in the story…

4. “Illogical” jealousy

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These two might not be actually dating each other, but it doesn’t stop one of them from feeling jealous whenever the other shows interest in someone else, even purely platonic interest. The jealousy is brushed off initially, however, because that can’t possibly be the reason behind their reaction.

5. Moments of vulnerability

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As they get to know each other and the older prejudices slowly come crumbling down, the true turning point of their relationship is when they’re able to bear their souls to each other and become vulnerable around that person. That’s when the fake relationship becomes real!

Do agree with my list? And which books have you seen this trope appear in? Let me know in the Comments Section below!

–  Sumaya