Sooooo I have seen a LOT of people talking about book tropes lately. OKAY LET’S BE HONEST IT’S ALL THE TIME.
Well. Now I want to put my two cents in! There are many tropes I love – but that I can hate if they are done badly, and vice versa.
I am therefore here to proclaim that book tropes are not a bad thing BUT THEY CAN BE HEINOUS AND BURN OUT YOUR EYES so proceed with caution!
1. The Ever Dreaded….LOVE TRIANGLE
Hang on while I stop listing ALL THE BOOKS that have love triangles in them in my head… there are so many! And NEWS FLASH…I don’t hate all of them! FOR EXAMPLE. The Hunger Games (which I was OBSESSED WITH when it came out!), has a love triangle, which kind of sort of made sense and it didn’t make me hate the story. Contrary to popular belief, however, the Love Triangle does NOT need to be just a love triangle.
One very spectacular example of this is Red Queen (which I DNFd because I COULDN’T HANDLE IT), Features a……….wait for it……………………………………………………………………… LOVE SQUARE. Or Rectangle. Or whatever you want to call it. Hell, call it a love octagon, who am I to make rules!?!?!?*
*Just to clear up any confusion… QUEEN. I am the Queen and therefore I make ALL THE RULES. SO CALL IT AN OCTAGON
2. Speshul Snowflake
Alright alright I GET IT. This person was born for whatever task the book needs them to do. They went from being a poor farmer’s daughter to realizing that they have magic powers that will turn their skin into solid gold, thus stopping them from getting eaten by the ferocious Racoon Bandits raiding their trash. Also, making them rich. SPESHUL. As you can see, this trope can be MILDLY ANNOYING. BUT. I like to write about speshul snowflakes. Because it’s fun. But they need to be unique speshul snowflakes*
HOWEVER: We also all know that this can be done extremely well!!
Take Harry Potter
Take Lila Bard
Take Ronan Lynch (* que flailing *)
THESE ARE ALL SPESHUL SNOWFLAKES AND I LOVE THEMMMMMMMM
*Just like all the other Speshul Snowflakes. But shhhh. Don’t tell them I said that
3. Ominous Darkness That Must Be Defeated
Nothing is more annoying or FRUSTRATING about an unknown evil that plagues the land that no one seems to know how to defeat, not even our above mentioned speshul snowflake, but said snowflake MUST BE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WHOLE WORLD TO DEFEAT IT.
I AM ROLLING MY EYES SO HARD IT HURTS. Okay I can’t think of anything good about this trope tbh because it is so utterly ridiculous. LET THAT SNOWFLAKE HAVE SOME HELP DAGNABIT.
4. The Silent, Tortured Brooding Character
ALRIGHT. This is one trope I hands down LOOOOVE. GIVE ME ALL THAT TORTURED BROODING. Come Hither Ronan! Come Hither Azriel! COME HITHER KAZ. I cant resist a tortured soul. Just…can’t.*
*I DARE YOU TO CHALLENGE ME ON THIS. I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU.**
**Just kidding, obviously it is perfectly fine for all of us to have differing opinions***
***But also I am your Queen and I decree that Silent Brooding Characters are to be given much love. Immediately.
5. Instalove </3
WAI. NO. JUST NOOOO. What is with this ‘OMG I JUST LAID EYES ON YOU AND I ALREADY KNOW YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE FOR ME WE WERE MEANT FOR EACH OTHER BEFORE WE WERE EVEN CONCEIVED’ nonsense??? What girl even falls for that?
TBH if a guy came at me saying these things I’d be running the other way.
I must admit, however that there have been known incidents where I have fallen for this. Like with SJM. She frequently features Fae who have ‘mates’. Basically it’s instalove.
Also I actually loved Twilight when it first came out??? AM I THE ONLY ONE?? I was like 14, and I died of love. And then I went back and tried to reread and #NOPE. BUT. My fourteen-year-old self loved them, and I can respect that! And looking back it’s quite clever that the imprint didn’t automatically mean that they HAD to be together for eternity because what is that nonsense.
OKAY I’M DONE RAMBLING.
Time to dish: Have you, too fallen prey to these book tropes? Did you love them? HATE THEM WITH A FIERY PASSION? Do tell!