It’s been so long since I did a Top Ten Tuesday post. Please don’t check how long it’s been because that would be embarrassing. Don’t worry I have plans for the next few months and I am SO READY!
If you didn’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book discussion post meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. And today’s topic revolves around book tropes we like. I will admit, when I first saw this topic I thought it would be so easy. Now sitting down to write it, I can only really think of book tropes I don’t like.
Book Tropes I Like
- Hate-to-love/Enemies-to-Lovers. For some reason this trope just like ticks all the right boxes for me. I don’t want to list my favorites for this trope because I don’t want to spoil you, but love this one!
- Heist Novels. I just also want to say that I have no idea what really constitutes as a trope and what doesn’t. Some of my favorite heist novels are: Beneath the Citadel, Stolen Time, and Immoral Code.
- Friends-to-Lovers. This was one of my OG favorites. I’m not sure if it’s on the way out for me, because a lot of them can be quite predictable, but it’s one I consistently like. I love Emergency Contact and I’m sure I’m missing a lot of my favorites.
- Morally Grey Heroes/Villains. I’m all about characters where sometimes we don’t know if we should be rooting for them or not. Talk about books like The Bone Witch and Girls of Storm and Shadow. I mean give me anti-heroines or whatever you wanna call it ANY DAY.
- Love Triangles for me can go either way. I used to really hate this one, and then I was reading a review or interview, I can’t remember, and they were saying think of the Love Triangle as not so much indecision. Instead think of it is the two people representing a conflict within the character and for some reason that just clicked for me.
- Their Parents Aren’t Their Parents is another tricky one for me. I don’t mind if they realize that the bond of being raised by their parents is still valid and important. I very much dislike if they kind of forsake the parents they raised them for the biological ones instead because….um no.
- Villain Redemption. I do love a good villain arc. I’m not sure if I’m 100% on board with redemption, mostly because I think it’s always more complicated than that. I do like when people change sides though!
- Characters Motivated by Family. Is this a trope? I see it a lot, but I always love it. I know it’s like one of the most essential motivations, but I think it works because it’s so relatable.
- Dysfunctional Family. Again, So utterly relatable.
- I love end of the world apocalypse stories. I know that a lot of them can fall into patterns, but I love it.
And then I just keep thinking of tropes that normally I don’t like. I want to preface it by saying normally don’t like, because there are rare times these tropes work for me. But generally I’m not a fan of: love at first sight, most love triangles, side characters dying for the MC plot/character development, the Chosen One, and Token Diverse Character (clearly dislike this one). I also don’t understand when the parents are absent all the time, like…how can you get away with this stuff? Is toxic masculinity a trope because I dislike it. Same with the character who always sacrifices themselves, I just…this would not be me.