My Favourite Tropes!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Some of you may recall I did a post about tropes that I really can’t stand, and so instead of being Mrs Negativity Monster I decided to also do a post on tropes I am completely trash for!

As always please remember this is only my opinion. You may hate these tropes, and that is totally fine, in fact I imagine some of you will lol, but this is just my list of tropes I love to read!

1 – The Chosen One

Okay, so I know some of you are already rolling your eyes at me right now, but I can’t help it! I’m trash for this trope! Give me Harry Potter vibes any day! I know this is overdone, trust me I am aware, but when done well nothing beats a good old chosen one saving the day!

2 – Enemies to Lovers

Yup, that’s right! I love the heated tension of two people disliking each other and watching it dissolve then develop into feelings! Examples that come to mind are Rowan and Aelin from the ToG series, Lucien and Emmett from The Bindng, Nik and Hanna from Gemina (even though technically Nik was always for Hanna lol) But you get the idea!

3 – Forbidden Love

You know, when two characters know they shouldn’t, but can’t help but fall for each other! Gets me every time! I told you all before…I’m a romantic, and just can’t help it! I love the idea of the odd being against them, but that the pull to each other is too great to ignore! Yes, I am actually swooning just thinking about this trope!

4 – The Betrayal

I’m not sure what else to call this one, but what I mean is when the story evolves and then a massive plot twist comes along…the one where you find out the person who is so close to the MC is actually the one fanning the fire etc. The betrayal of the person that the main character never even suspected! This can be predictable, and so I can only tolerate it if I am blind to what is going on – If the twist comes as an utter shock!

5 – The Underdog

Come on, who doesn’t love to root for the underdog? How can anyone not?! This trope is just amazing, and I love watching the underdog take on the battles and win. There is just such a good feel to this trope – the feeling that the every day man/ woman can achieve their goals, or save the world etc. I am such a sucker for this trope it’s ridiculous!

There you have it, a short list of tropes I love. What are some of your favourite tropes? (I am positive that as I’m writing this I have forgotten a load lol). Do you agree or disagree with any of the above? Let me know in the comments below!

Tropes That I Hate

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! So, after my post yesterday about series I don’t intend to finish, I thought I would write a post about my most disliked tropes. Some tropes literally have me putting down a book at the first sign, and the writing could be great, the storyline fairly good, but as soon as certain tropes rear their head I’m unable to continue.

Please note some of these tropes may be your favourites, and that is completely okay. As always this is my personal opinion, and I love hearing when you guys agree with me, or on the other hand think I’m wrong. So, please bear in mind this is not an attack on you if you like these tropes. It is just my list of disliked tropes. 

1 – Love Triangles

I’ve already mentioned I hate this trope, but let me tell you why. The love triangle often revolves around an individual (most commonly a girl) who has two other individuals pining over them. The problem I have with this trope is the indecision that comes from the main character. Now, correct me if I’m wrong people but ‘most’ individuals would rather have a love interest who only wants them, am I right? Why on earth would you want someone who can’t decide between you, and someone else? Why would you continue trying to win the affection of someone who clearly can’t decide if you are important enough to them. It drives me bloody loopy! I can’t even tell you how much this annoys me. I want a romance that burns, one that isn’t “oh I don’t know if I should choose x or y!”. Why is that so hard! I know the point of the love triangle is to create a form of tension within the romantic sub-plot etc, but trust me…tension can come from other areas!

2 – Asshole Guys

Okay, so that was a bit unspecific. I don’t hate an asshole guy in books – not at all. What I hate is the constant way they are portrayed. How many books have you read when the guy tries to force himself on the girl all of a sudden? Too many? Yeah me too. I’m so sick of the representation that for a guy to be a ass he has to be handsy or rapey. Yes, it happens, your girl here knows it, but that doesn’t mean I need every asshole to try rape in a book. Be creative please. Guys and girls can be shitty without using sexual assault. It really annoys me that when an author wants to show how terrible a guy is they must add it in. Can we not add in something else. Terrible personality, megalomaniac tendencies, selfishness etc? Anything? I’m just so over this damn trope. (I should say I don’t mind rape being represented in books- not at all, but I am sick of the crutch that is ‘to be a dick he has to sexually assault someone. I think there are better ways to show someone is a flawed character)

3 – Miscommunication

I know a lot of people like this one, but for me it just frustrates. When two or more characters misunderstand, and it leaves their relationship or the plot estranged because of it. The whole time this plays out I am so vexed I struggle to enjoy the book. Why can’t they just talk?! Why? I know it is designed to leave you feeling this way, but it honestly isn’t an enjoyable experience for me when I have to read it. We are adults – we can use words, right? Apparently not when it comes to this trope.

4 – Instalove

Speaks for itself. I really dislike coming across a book where there is no relationship build up. It goes from 0 to 60 faster than a McLaren P1, and I honestly don’t know who exactly thinks that is a good idea? I like seeing a relationship develop from friendship/ mutual respect into something beautiful. I like seeing the moment when things change, and knowing how its going to turn out (Yes, I’m a romantic…get over it!). The real problem with instalove is that I am rarely ever invested in it, and therefore care not what happens with the couple etc. That makes my reading experience not a great one which is why I tend to stay away from them. I know they can sometimes work, and didn’t mind Lazlo and Sarai, so if you know of any you think will change my mind hit me up in the comments.

5 – When the main character thinks they know better

I’m talking about that moment when they decide “Hey, I know what…I’ll go off on my own and damn the consequences because, you now, I know best!” This is so annoying! I get so angry at this moment. Like the whole novel they have had sense but then think “nah let’s do this instead.” It often leads to an absolute mess of panicking characters and I can’t deal with it. I have to put down the book and walk away when I encounter this trope normally.

Let me know in the comments what your most disliked tropes are. Are any of the above your faves, or do you agree? Next week I plan to do a post on my favourite tropes, so stayed tuned for that.