Hello bookworms! I’m Nia and today I’m going to be talking about some tropes that need to disappear.
I might have already talked about these tropes in another previous post, but I’m not pretty sure, so I still wanted to mention them in this one, because oh my my, authors need to stop doing these type of things, because not only they aren’t healthy but also they are soo boring and overdone. So yeah, in this post I’m going to be talking about some things that happened in books at times that need to stop.
If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Tuesday, it is a group here on WordPress now currently run by Shanah over at BionicBookWorm, where each week they give you a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category.
Without any further ado, let’s start with this week’s topic!
I cannot stand this tope, to be honest. Every time I see slut shaming or any type of girl shaming in a book, it turns me off so much that I want to DNF it. I just don’t understand how authors think: hmm, that might be an interesting thing to add to my book, because why not. Well, I’m telling you, it’s not cool. I love me a good book with girls supporting and loving other girls.
Abusive mysterious male interest
Another trope that I feel it’s so overdone, especially in new adult contemporary (though sometimes in YA too). WHY. I love soft male interests. They are such cinnamon rolls and overall make me more invested in a romance. I feel the mysterious bad boy sometimes is a good trope that I like to read, but I hate abusive and sexist romances, so that’s something that I think that needs to disappear (unless that book is about being in a toxic relationship).
Best friend being the villain
Oh… I hate this trope. I know an author that almost all of her books have this trope, and let me tell you I saw those plot twists coming all along because it’s so overdone and I’m so tired of it. I think there are a lot of interesting plot twists or characters that could be a villain in a book, but when in a mystery or fantasy novel suddenly the best friend and the closest person to our main character suddenly becomes the villain of the story… nope. Give me another better anti hero, please.
Unfortunately this is something that I feel every YA book nowadays have, and let me tell you, that sometimes ruins the book for me. Not every book needs a romance in them. I would love to read more about friendship instead of romances, because I think those relationships aren’t as common in YA, and it would be super interesting, because all those romance stories tend to become a bit repetitive and boring, and made the story less interesting for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, but I feel that some books that I’ve read didn’t really need a romance.
“You’re not like the other girls”
You probably don’t see me rolling my eyes, but I am. In fact, I do that every time I see that quote popping in a book, because it makes me so mad. Like, no please, erase this from my vocabulary right now. Not only this is not cool and very problematic, but also this leads sometimes to another trope that I hate that I’ve already talked in this post (go to trope number two), and it’s a me shaking my head and wanting to DNF the book, or throw it to a wall.
What tropes are you so tired of? Do you agree with the ones I’ve mentioned in this post? Let me know in the comments!
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