Tag: genre tropes

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Booze & Books(tr): Your Weekly Bookish Drinking Game

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. To give you a little preview, here’s a suggestion we can offer right now: any drink and any book. (Don’t worry; they’ll be more detailed than that. But you have to admit, it’s the perfect combo.)

Rules: Imagine a romance novel or any book with a romantic subplot. Though we’ll consistently change the genre, this week is a game for you to fall in love with. Remember the book as best you can—while you can—and our 21+ readers can follow our instructions. So let’s get to double-fisting: a drink in one hand and a book in the other. By the end of this game, the pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!


Take One drink if:

The protagonist is…


Startlingly naive about love and intimacy.


"Christian Grey picked up the long, black thing and started working my zone. It was bananas."


Completely unaware of her good looks, having spent her whole life believing she is ugly…
…without actually being ugly.


Blatantly in love with her childhood friend…
…and he’s, for all appearances, completely indifferent.


Sakura laughing as Sasuke looks away.


A self-proclaimed man-eater who is completely uninterested in romance…
…until a sensitive sweetheart can break down her tough exterior.

Involved in a love triangle…
…with one roguish yet secretly kindhearted bad boy…
And a hyperbolically meek boy-next-door whose lifelong wish is to push a lock of our protagonist’s hair behind her ear.


Red dress meme.

Looking for a romp in a foreign country…
…and doesn’t speak the language.
(Bodies can’t literally do the talking, y’all. Eventually, you’ll need to go to a grocery store or make an appointment.)

The Lover Is…

Famous in any capacity…
…especially for something sexy, like music, athletics, or breaking the law.


A police officer, firefighter, doctor, surgeon, soldier, artist, professor, or CEO.
(Somehow we’ve decided that these are the ‘sexy’ professions. Where’s the love for, say, someone at a twenty-four hour Seven Eleven? What could be hotter than someone loving you despite your obvious flaws? Example: 2 A.M. Cheeto purchases.)


Tris & Four from 'Divergent'

Image Vis Hypable


Initially nasty or cold…
…behavior which is later revealed to be the result of a tragic past…
…including but not limited to the death of a spouse or partner.


A passionate collector of sunglasses, leather jackets, or expensive suits.


Clary Fray and Jace Wayland

Image Via Sci Fi Now


The best sex of our protagonist’s life…
…right from the start.


Either Monopoly Man wealthy or living in romantic Dickensian poverty.





A completely avoidable misunderstanding drives the lovers apart…
…one that could be resolved with a very simple conversation….
…a conversation that NO ONE BOTHERS TO HAVE!


Edward taking off his shirt in order to kill himself in 'New Moon'

Image Via Vidmoon


Circumstances arise in which the characters cannot be together…
Especially if the cause is supernatural.


The characters decide to fake a relationship…
…and end up in a REAL relationship (a real…ly, really weird relationship).


In the rare instance that Santa Claus is involved, take two.


'In Love With Alien Santa Claus' by Zara Zenia

Image Via Amazon


Still with us?

If you are, maybe you should’ve chosen another book!



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