well, last week’s top 5 Tuesday post was a bit tricky – but this one is just so easy! 😂
the “you’re different” trope
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against people being different, not that I can doing anything about it anyway… but the whole children being told from a young age that they’re different to everyone else, people being told all their lives “but you’re different” and “but you’re special” and then the whole book being about them proving it… it’s just so typical and I’m so tired of it.
the “I’m so ready for this” trope
A princess who has lived all her life in luxury. Suddenly for the first time her life is in danger. And suddenly she’s hopping about like a warrior, managing to knock the attacker unconscious and escape. How??? It’s so unrealistic and it’s so common. Yes, the princess can succeed, but how about at the end of the book and not the beginning?
the GORGEOUS protagonist
They’re very plain. But also very gorgeous. Can we not have more protagonists that are not like a model but still loved and admired just the same and can accomplish just as much and more? Because a very small part of the population are models, and a very large part are not, and suddenly in so many books everyone is naturally stunning.
the hero who saved the world
I don’t have anything against saving the world!! But under supremely unrealistic circumstances and by a group of teenagers I find that highly unlikely. Books like this are also sooo predictable and a bit of a bore. So please. More originality please. And if that’s going to happen please can the situation be made as realistic as possible.
bad person falls in love with good person and vice versa
I know I don’t usually comment on romance buuuuttt this happens all. the. time. And it’s gotten to the point where it’s just a little annoying… so I would really appreciate it if author’s toned down a bit on this and found more original ways of going around this. It’s just so predictable and decreases my enjoyment of a perfectly good story! In Flame in the Mist I didn’t mind it because it was done very well – so I suppose it just depends on the way it’s done, too.
So yeah, those are my top 5 tropes I’ve had enough of! What are yours? Speak soon!