Top Three Thursdays #19 – Tropes I’m Tired Of

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.

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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?

6 thoughts on “Top Three Thursdays #19 – Tropes I’m Tired Of

  1. I sort of embraced trope #1 in The Hashna Stone by making all the main characters orphans. 😀 I made being an orphan part of the conflict in the story and part of the mystery so it wasn’t like “oh here’s another orphaned protagonist.” Or at least I hope the way I did it makes it a bit more creative and original. 😀
    Trope #2 gets on my nerves as well. It makes me feel like I have to be a skilled swordswoman or have a dead-on aim with a gun to be a true woman, and I just don’t agree with that. You can do great things without being able to beat up a team of bad guys all without getting your hair messed up. 😛
    Number 3 is another good point, but I’ve left a long comment as it is. 😉

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    1. I love reading long comments, especially from you, Megan! 🙂
      Yup, I did feel that the absent parents trope was a bit different from what I usually see in The Hashna Stone, so well done! 🙂 I loved how it came into play in the Harry Potter books as well, but many others followed suit and it got tiring.
      Haha, me neither. I’m glad you see things my way. 🙂 The again I’d be surprised if you didn’t, us being brain twins and all. 😛

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      1. Aww thanks! Good, I’m glad it didn’t seem like the same old thing in my story. 🙂 I liked the way it was done in the Harry Potter books too.
        Haha….yeah. 😛 If I ever need one of my thoughts explained, but just can’t find the words to explain them I’ll let my brain twin do it for me. 😀

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