Heyhey, BookNerds! So I thought I might start up a little ‘Let’s Talk About…’ series of posts where I discuss my thoughts on different bookish things, starting with Bookish Tropes!
Today, I’m going to dive into which tropes I love and hate, and why!
Tropes I Love!
Enemies To Lovers!
This is a superior trope that I have no qualms about reading infinite portrayals of. The more complex the journey from Enemies to Lovers the more I love it – from enemies to rivals to reluctant partners etc… its just such a tense and angst filled trope that I have to love it. This is the perfect trope for a whole plethora of emotions and has prime comedy material as well. There is so much you can do with this trope without oosing the underlying appeal of it which is why it is, to me, a God Tier trope that I will never get tired of – especially in a fantasy setting!
I adore this trope, found family will always pull at my heartstrings. There is just something about ragtag groups coming together and finding love and acceptance with people that choose them that hits me right in the heart. I also love how this trope leads to members of the found family becoming either the parents or the children of the group 😂!
Only One Bed!
I like this trope because it can play out in so many different ways ranging from emotional to comical! I particularly like this trope in fantasy because there is usually a risk involved leading to them having to use the same bed for safety etc… Also i’m a sucker for the tension that springs from this type of scene, especially because this usually leads to characters beginning to realise their feelings!
I am not a big romance fan, but I realise a few of my tropes are heavily romantic – but I prefer to see them play out in other genres. Such as this one, opposites attract! I love in fantasy when two polar opposite characters are forced to work together and eventually fall in love. Not only do I love the comedy that transpires from odd pairings but also the realisation that maybe they do have things in common and do care about each other. Again i’m here for the angst and tension because I apparently like the pain of it 😅😂.
More Weapons Than Physically Possible!
I don’t know why but I always find it hilarious when a character has to hand over their weapons and they just keep pulling out more and more weaponry from their clothes than is actually physically possible. Add more outrageous weaponry to the reveals and it just gets better, even more so if they still manage to sneak in at least one weapon!
Murderous Cinnamon Rolls!
I love characters that play with perceptions, when the sweet innocent looking character turns absolutely murderous in anger, or when the murderous looking characters are actually the biggest sweethearts. I just really enjoy how it challenges perceptions.
Daggers, Swords, Duels!
I am a sucker for duelling, swordfights and the weilding of daggers in fantasy. From tilting the chin of their enemy up with the dagger to duels ending with one character completely bested. Not to mention throwing knives and daggers, which can create some very epic scenes. There’s just much more tension with blades than other weapons.
Morally Grey MC’s!
Morally grey MC’s are the best, and you cannot change my mind. I love the chaos that ensues with morally grey characters who have their own rules, it makes things more unpredictable! Plus, these characters are usually written so much better than others because they are chaotic and flawed, which makes them more lovable!
Tropes I Hate!
I don’t know if this is just because of the sheer amount of fiction I have consumed that employs this trope or because it just doesn’t click for me but I hate amnesia tropes. It is very rare that I actually enjoy this (though not impossible) but usually it really starts to irritate me – I find it get’s drawn out too much. I lose interest very quickly with this trope and will only push through it if it doesn’t last too long or I am really invested.
The Unnecessary BreakUp!
This trope is a sure fire way to make me start skipping/skim reading. I hate when a relationship has been built up, the characters finally get together and then they break up for a really small/mundane or unnecessary reason. I really hate how it is utilised to create drama after I have waited so long for the couple to just get together.
Untrained, Masterful MC!
I love powerful mc’s but if you give me an mc with powers that they immediately master with little to no training then i’m going to start being very skeptical. I enjoy seeing the characters train and learn about their powers, but when the mc can just suddenly do whatever it loses the appeal.
Sometimes miscommunication can be funny and make for some very comical scenes. But, I hate when there are characters who could fix everything if they just said something! It makes the plot lose something when problems could be fixed with one character just saying something to the others. It starts to become irritating after a while.
If the plot includes powerful people, wars, magic etc… and is gritty then I expect consequence of actions, magic or battles. When there has been a big build up to the use of magic or to a big battle then there should be a cost. Whether its the loss of a character, injuries or some cost due to choosing to use magic/making a deal etc… something has to be lost or it feels a little superficial.
This trope annoys me primarily because it is practically always the same. There is a lot you could do with this trope but it is always very stereotypical, heteronormative, or toxic and is very rarely done in a way I enjoy. It is also usually painfully predictable, making it pointless.
So that’s my thoughts on some trope I love and hate! What do you think? Do you love or hate any of these tropes, or do you adore any I haven’t mentioned? Let me know!