Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Brokeandbookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Bookish Things I want to Quit . Today, I chose to get a little bit creative and tell you about some bookish tropes I’m tired of reading about.
A trope is a common theme, a cliché, something that we see way too often in YA books. There are some I enjoy, but there are others that I’m really tired of seeing everywhere…so, let’s take a look!
1 • THE MALE PROTAGONIST IS HOT
Don’t get me wrong, I hold absolutely no grudge against hot people. They’re pretty, well, great for them, and it sure is a pleasure for our eyes. But aren’t you sometimes tired of the guy being so, so, so hot? I mean, I would like to have an average guy with an amazing mind, that gets more and more pretty as you get to know him, you know what I mean? Not always the gorgeous jock.
Well, if I’m talking about beautiful boys…I need to talk about love, and with it, comes the dreaded love triangles. In some stories, they are interesting to read about, because there’s no good, or bad guy. They are two different people, and the dynamics between the main characters and the two protagonists are well-done. Then, I’m okay, I guess. But a love triangle just for the sake of having a little fight, it’s just bothering .
3 • THE MAIN CHARACTER IS A WALLFLOWER
The girl in the background, the one everyone don’t really notice. She’s smart enough, she’s pretty enough, but she’s not the IT girl of the school. She plain and ordinary. Trust me, those characters are the ones we can relate to, the most, I get that. But I’d love to read about a popular girl from time to time. About a know-it-all smartass. About a reckless character. Or all of the above?
4 • INSTA-LOVE: DOES THAT REALLY HAPPEN?
Okay, I know a lot of you might recognize yourself in this trope. I mean, who isn’t bothered by insta-love? I don’t understand how that can happen in real-life, so obviously, I’m a little annoyed when reading that in a story. Well, after all, it’s fiction. It just shouldn’t happen too often, because, to me, it’s far from reality.
5 • IS LIFE REALLY THAT EASY?
There are some stories where things happen too easily, when problems find their solution in the blink of an eye. What about, no? Is life really that easy? Isn’t there struggle, battles, tears and a lot of bothering events before everything fixes itself? I really prefer reading a story where there are at least a little bit of struggle. Just like in life.
6 • A LITTLE COMMUNICATION PROBLEM?
Don’t you hate it, when you’re reading a book, and you find out that things could fix themselves if the two characters could just TALK? Well, that does it to me. Sometimes, all we need is for people to talk, for things to be alright, or, at least, to have all cards on the table and know everything. Secrecy, okay, complications, okay, but I’m just annoyed sometimes.
7 • SERIES: DID I MISS ANOTHER BOOK?
If you’re, like me, enjoying series once in a while, maybe you’ll see what I’m talking about. You read a book, go onto the other, and you think it’s over. Perfectly wrapped-up, finished. But no, it’s not time to say goodbye to those characters yet, because, SURPRISE. Another book is coming. Please, I would love some people to know where to stop.
8 • SECONDARY CHARACTERS…WAIT, WHO IS THAT AGAIN?
Did you ever find yourself reading a book, then a name pops up, and you have absolutely no idea who that is? What’s he doing here, or even what role does he play in the story? I hate when that happens. Sometimes, there are some secondary characters that just seem useless, and this annoys me. In every story, there’s an important group of people, and dynamics, to make things work. When there are just a bunch of unknown in the pack, doesn’t it annoy you? I want to know more than a name and a description.
9 • FAMILY: WHERE ARE YOU?
Family is, for me, and for everyone I think, one of the most important things in life. I’m really annoyed when parents, siblings, grandparents, or anything else close to family isn’t at all mentioned, or cared of, in the story, especially when it’s young adult. I think it’s an important part of who the teenager is, so it’s definitely worth more than simply mentioning.
10 • FRIENDSHIPS: BE REALISTIC, BE TRUE, MAKE ME LOVE YOU!
Another of the most important aspect in life, is friendship. It often is mentionned in books, and sometimes developped, well, or not. I like to know why they are friends, I like to see the dynamics between the characters really working, to believe in the friendship. Sometimes, it’s just two people, very different, and you don’t even see one thing in common…or pretended friends being awful to one another?. Isn’t that just, weird?! Yes to amazing friendships. Emmy & Oliver, I’m thinking of you 🙂
Are you annoyed by any of those bookish tropes? Why, or why not? Any other ideas I didn’t mention? Let me know everything in comments! 🙂