Hey everyone! I had been talking about the tropes I loved and some books with those tropes a while back so I thought I’d talk about some tropes I dislike and tend to avoid as well, giving reasons as to why I tend to do that.
I just think this is very outlandish. Can anyone fall in love at the first sight? There can be an attraction, sure, but love is more about the quirks specific to the person. It’s about knowing the ins and outs of the person. It’s about understanding them to a core level which you definitely can not in the first meeting, or in the first few days of knowing them.
I just get irritated with the characters when they make such big proclamations very early in the book. I need some time to be able to picture them together and like that idea before they actually fall in love so that while they do that, I can also fall in love with them, if that makes any sense?
This is a trope a lot of people seem to dislike, and I have to say it’s not that this is a bad trope, I just think it’s one that is rarely done well which has made me attach some quite negative feelings to it that are hard to let go of. I feel that usually either or both of the relationships is not well explored and sometimes one of the characters is deliberately demonised to make the choice easier for the person facing it. Life is usually more complicated and we are all in a grey area and choices such as this are not about a person’s worst traits but about one’s love for them which isn’t expressed very well all the time. The love triangle is also very romanticised, which isn’t true because the person who’s stuck in the middle is also usually experiencing a lot of emotional stress and is just generally unhappy because they’re going to hurt a person no matter they choose.
I also think love triangles that involve two boys and one girl end up with them both getting possessive over her and I hate that. When it’s two girls and a boy, it leads to the girls calling each other names and putting each other down and I hate that even more. The only love triangles I enjoy are queer ones, such as the one in Perfect on Paper which is to date the only love triangle I have ever loved. If you have any recommendations for books with this trope done well, do drop them in the comments!
This is another things I absolutely hate! I love flaws, seeing how the characters make mistakes and how they recover, because this is what makes them human and relatable and is exactly why I love them. When a character seems to be perfect, I just find them to be a standard of perfection that doesn’t exist and they frustrate me with their ‘always correct’ choices and inability to do any wrong.
It makes me question them and their decisions and their actions even more, and usually there’s something they do that isn’t completely right, or just straight up wrong and the author doesn’t address it which frustrates and angers me even more
and I just want to take a dagger and stab them in the face multiple times.
I’ve read way too many books with this trope for my liking and if I’m being honest, the ‘chosen one’ is never all that great and is always desperate to escape their situation. I, personally, don’t enjoy plot driven books much and this falls squarely in that category which may be a reason I don’t enjoy it. I just think that everyone makes their one choices which lead them to different decisions and having a foretold fortune is quite absurd in the context.
There’s also no reasoning as to why the person was specifically chosen? Sometimes, it’s by virtue of their birth which annoys me even more because oh my god, that’s something inherent about them and they haven’t done anything to deserve the title and pressure forced onto them.
I’m sorry, I know a lot of you are going to hate me for this but I absolutely detest this. I don’t care if the character was my favourite or if they were one I didn’t care much for. Unless there’s a very specific reason the character needs to be revived and it’s been already mentioned, if not explicitly but at least implied, that there’s a way to revive them, then I can be okay with it but when someone dies but oh no, they’re the hero and cannot stay dead so we include a random character or random object which revival powers that can be used one and they’ll be back and yay, everything is good again, then NO.
I know it sucks when your favourite characters die and it hurts a lot but I’d rather hey stay dead and I’ll deal with the pain but I cannot deal with an unnecessary plot line that makes no sense and is not needed.
Have you read this book yet? Did you like it? Are you planning to read it in the future? Tell me in the comments below!