Ok, I know this is a trashy question (ba-dum-bum), but I love it: What is your favourite romance-cliche-keeping-the-protagonists-apart-but-somehow-they-overcome-for-the-sake-of-love plot line?
I would have to say it's the passage of time.
Think of Persuasion -- misunderstanding grounded in youth keeps Anne and Wentworth apart. They have to overcome the years together, somehow.
How about Where the Heart Is? (I know, lame, but it can't be all class all the time around Brilliant title to go here.) When Novalee first comes to town, she is absolutely far too young to get it on with Forney, the grounded librarian. They need time to stew and grow up and figure themselves out.
Yeah, I like "time" as a breaker. Which is funny, because in real life I hate waiting for anything. But perhaps patience can be found on a hope of happily ever after?
And now I sound like a moron.
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