I love books, you love books, we all love books (and if you don’t you love them, you do now), but there are some tropes in a book that I can’t stand! When I read about them I kind of want to this.
So today, I’m going to talk about 5 tropes that is so repetitive, and annoying, and tiring that show up in YA novels. These are mostly from a mix of the fantasy, and contemporary genre.
1.) The Broken Family Trope
I read many books in which there is a “broken family” trope. This is basically when there is an absent parent, or there is a step-parent that makes hell for the main character. This shows up in a lot of books to the point where it’s becoming unrealistic, and tiring. I know there are a range of different types of families, but I feel like the best books have great supportive parents. Because there is such thing as that.
2.) Love Triangles
I really dislike this plot-device, and I know many other people too. There is even a blog name that has a name called “Love Is Not A Triangle” (fab blog, btw). And there is soo many reasons why this is so annoying.
- It drags out the story hella long, and it makes you feel like banging your head against the wall
- Super annoying when the heroine/hero can’t choose between each one of the characters, when it’s kind of obvious who she should pick.
- When it’s really obvious who the main character should pick, even though a love triangle is not supposed to that.
- Making any of the guys/girls possessive of the girl (like Jacob and Edward from Twilight)
I’m not saying that we should definitely stop writing love triangles, but it’s becoming more of a cliché, and more annoying. So how about we tone it down a bit?
3.) Chosen-One Trope
A very common trope in fantasy novels. When you hear “chosen one” you probably think Harry Potter, or Percy Jackson, or fantasy novels. At first I really didn’t mid this trope, but it did become really repetitive, and it made me think: what was so great about it in the first place? Why couldn’t the character use hard work, and determination to defeat his/her enemies. Why have the whole future planned out because of this one guy? It makes us not-so-special beans feel a little bit bad about ourselves.
4.) Love Trumps EVERYTHING!
I know the saying “love trumps all” is a very popular saying, but some books are taking it too far.
I find it unrealistic that love can suddenly cure cancer. I know it provides a happy ending, and all, but I would prefer it if that character would die from the disease. #sorrynotsorry.
5.) Bad-ass Girl
Okay, please hear me out first.
I’m not saying that girls who are strong are bad, and that they shouldn’t be in stories any more. I’m saying that why is she called badass because she can wield a sword. What is so important about that? Because some authors think that this is feminism. She is a woman who can fight, so therefore she is like man, right?
I would rather an MC girl who has brains, someone who can be admired not for something physical. Give us a personality that does not resemble a robot, or a super human. To me, equality between the genders is NOT defined by our strength.
And that concludes my little rant of the tropes in the bookish world. I was really nervous about writing the last one, and wasn’t sure if what I was saying made sense, lol. But please, tell me your thoughts! What are some tropes that you want to see less of? Do you agree with my points? Do you disagree?