Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.
The topic for today (20/07/17) is: Tropes I’m Tired Of
I mostly read young adult fiction and am comfortable with middle grade as well as children’s books, occasionally venturing into new adult or adult books. YA is infamously known for its clichés and I’ve read enough to grow tired of a few of them to the point where I’ve stopped picking up books that seem to give such vibes from their description. Here are the top three tropes I don’t want to see more of.
1. Invisible parents
This is perhaps the most irksome trope I’ve come across. Personally, I can’t relate to that at all. My parents are a constant presence in my life, even more so than friends. However, several books either have an orphaned protagonist or introduce parents only to kill them off quickly. Sometimes, they just float passively in the background as teens get into all kinds of nonsense. This is an unrealistic picture and I lower my rating by at least half a star when I come across it in books.
2. Action girl
In the recent years, there’s been a rising clamour for books featuring strong female main characters. I hoped that this would bring more relatable and realistic females into fiction, but I was disappointed on that front. What it did was introduce strong characters who were only strong in the physical sense. Although that representation is valid and was necessary, I feel like it’s reached a point where it is overdone, especially in the fantasy genre. I want to see more girls being intelligent, resourceful, morally strong, mentally resilient and confident.
3. Love at first sight
If you follow my reviews on Goodreads, you probably already know how much this ticks me off. Now, being attracted to someone because of their appearance or charm is not what I consider insta-love. It’s when that gets confused with “I feel like I know his/her soul after looking at them for 3 seconds” and being obsessed even though there have been zero personal interactions gets very old very fast. According to me, love and attraction are often hugely misinterpreted, especially in YA. I’m rather fond of slow-burning romances that have meaningful interactions before a person decides that they’re in love with another person. Again, this trope feels unrealistic and I wish it would vanish from literature entirely.
That’s it for this week’s TTT post. All of these tropes can be found on the TV Tropes website for more information. Let me know in the comments below if any of the tropes I mentioned need to stay alive according to you as I love having differing perspectives. Also, what are some tropes you wish would die a very painful death?