The topic for this week is-
September 19: least favourite tropes
This Thursday Discussion book prompt is from Ally Writes Things, the original post showcasing the topic is here.
1.) Not Like The Other Girls
This is the heavyweight champion, forevermore. I have come to the point of DNF’ing books that have this trope or wishing I had DNF’d them. This trope seems particularly prevalent in the New Adult genre. I’m just not interested unless a protagonist is pulling the ‘not like the other girls~’ bit to try and do a more convincing version of this-
Basically if the protagonist is self-effacing about it or strange, that’s cool. I like standout protagonists. But usually this trope serves to make the heroine come off as better than other girls, more virtuous, more special than other characters. Not impressed.
I can totally believe two people being attracted to one another on sight and getting together quick. It happens all the time. But it just seems too convenient or unchallenging for storytelling. I like back stories, I like flashbacks to past events involving two characters and moments they’ve had together. I think there is some skill involved in creating a convincing passage of time and a believable bond between characters. Friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, protective robot companion to lovers, I don’t care. Anything but insta-love.
3.) (Romance) Billionaires
I won’t not read a book about a billionaire but having ‘billionaire’ in the title tends to conjure images of tacky 100 page little guilty pleasure harlequins, ugh. (I prefer the 400+ page overwrought guilty pleasure harlequins, personally. ^_-) Would read a parody though!
4.) Unimportant Side Characters Killed Off For Dramatic Effect
I’ve noticed this in multiple fantasy / YA fantasy novels. A character dies and everyone is shocked and horrified and I’m like.. who is that character again?
I end up asking Siri, do you know who on earth RandomSideCharacter from XYZ series is? And find a wiki page for that character that is maybe one line long, clarifying how pointless the character was. What’s funny is that there is no drama in killing off a character that no one cares about. It’s just a random diversion of little consequence.
And that’s about it for tropes I’m sick of. A pretty short list, fortunately. I think this list will be longer in 2-3 years after I’ve read voraciously enough to be more annoyed by certain cliches. For now, luckily, I like most things I’m reading and having fun with nearly everything.
Thanks as always for checking out this post. Do you agree with any of my selections or have some much-disliked tropes of your own? I look forward to reading fellow book blogger posts on this topic as well. Until next time~