Ah, tropes. You gotta love ’em, and you gotta hate ’em.
So last week I didn’t have time to post my Top5 list, so I decided to merge them this week since they were both about tropes.
Tropes to Love ♥
#5 “You’re a Wizard Harry”
I actually like when there’s a big secret ability/power that the protagonist wasn’t aware of. It kinda makes me hope that maybe one day in my plain ass life, I could maybe be a wizard, demigod, or a divergent. Who knows. So yeah, the whole “you’re plain but wait!!!! there’s more!!” I have to admit that I dig it at times.
#4 The Strong Female Character
A strong, badass role model? Yes, please! Even though it’s not what I automatically look for in a book, it is something I do enjoy reading. Sometimes one can get tired of reading about plain Janes or whatever. I guess that’s why characters like Annabeth, Hermione and Ginny, or Alosa are so fucking inspiring.
#3 The Bookworm a.k.a. The Book-Loving Character
I mean, who doesn’t love a good bookworm character? I either identify with of them or I reeeeally want to be them! ❤ Take Maddie, for example! (from Everything, Everything) Girl just read and posted reviews on her blog. I dig that. I aspire to be that friend who has a lot of knowledge about books and the classics and whatnot.
#2 P-P-P-Plot Twist!!!
I think I’ve gotten to the point that if a book doesn’t have some type of plot twist, I end up disappointed in the read. No joke. I L O V E a twist ending and it’s what makes reading fun for me. Most of the time, I can’t figure it out, and I love that! But every now and again, when I do figure it out, I gotta admit I feel pretty proud of myself for catching it on.
#1 Elizabeth & Darcy (i.e. Hate-to-Love)
Yas. Yas. And more YAS. This is hands down my favorite trope. I don’t care what most people think about it, I love it. I love the whole idea of a pair who hates each other’s guts and just want to see each other dead and then BAM! PSYCH! I love you! hahaha It’s messed up, I know, but I love it.
Topes to Hate ❌
#5 The Weak Female Protagonist
No. Just, no. I’m okay if the protagonist is a plain Jane and is self-conscious about either her looks, intelligence, abilities, whatever. I mean, I get it. That’s realistic, I self-loathe myself at least twice every single day of my life. But when you don’t see any progress of her getting stronger, braver, or more determined, well that’s when I draw the line. Like, nope, nope, nope. An example of this is, Clare from The Good Demon. Recently read it and forever hated the protagonist’s weakness.
#4 The Problematic BFF
Ever since I read Turtles All The Way Down, I realized I hate the problematic bff soooooo much. You know, the one who’s really straightforward and means you well but is really screwing you over? Yeah, that one. Hate ’em.
#3 Poor Communication
Okay, so did you see the new Netflix movie Sierra Burgess Is A Loser? I liked the concept and the whole friendship building, but I hated the ending. It wasn’t that great of a movie as I hoped for. And honestly, that’s because I feel that if she was honest and explained things before shit hit the fan, things would have gone much better. I don’t know. I just find it stupid when you’re reading a book or watching a movie with this whoooole drama and you’re like REALLY?!?! This could have been fixed 8 chapters ago if you had just communicated with the other person!
#2 Conveniently Absent Parents
One time, when I was in the 9th grade, I was around the town plaza with some friends. My parents were at a bar, so they weren’t with me, but I could easily get to them by crossing the street. My group of friends wanted to take a car ride in one of their cars just around the block, and we did. When I told my mother that we’d gone around and came right back, she chewed my head off. And again, she was right there in the same area with me and we barely left the area. So for me it’s SO ridiculous when parents are conveniently absent and the kids can just run around to save the world. True, there are parents who aren’t as overprotective, or who unfortunately don’t care as much as they should, but still, I’m not a fan of it when reading. Conveniently absent parents shouldn’t always be a thing.
#1 Love Triangle
I LOATHE love triangles with every fiber of my being. They’re stupid, unrealistic, and most of the time just plain annoying. I’ve never liked them. When I saw the Twilight movies, I was so frustrated with the freaking love triangle. It was so much drama and I couldn’t take it. So honestly I’m done with it and wish they’d just stop!
Weeellp, until next time, my friends!
*Top 5 is a tag created by Bionic Book Worm! Be sure to check her out! ^-^