Stories thrive off conflict and how you present you antagonist helps determine the type of tale you create. Sympathetic villains are a great way to engage your readers — I mean, emotional conflict is a pretty compelling reason to keep reading!
articularly care for the genre, but I’ll make a concerted effort not to get distracted by that. That being said, almost all of my longer novels and all of my series include romance.
An opinion most of us storytellers can agree on is that writing cliches is the ultimate no-go. Don’t do it, nope. And if you do? Better subvert expectations and turn that trope on its head.