It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today we’re going to talk about some tropes I just can’t get enough of!
#1 Multiple Points of View
I’m not sure if this strictly qualifies as a trope, but I always love it when authors give you chapters from the view of multiple characters, and then at some point, it all culminates. First of all, it takes skill to write the chapters in a way that you know right away through which character’s eyes we are looking. And second, telling a story from one viewpoint is difficult enough without creating plot holes. To me, nothing is more satisfying than it all making sense and coming together perfectly.
#2 Redemption Arcs
Everybody deserves a second chance I guess? Redemption arcs can easily tank but when executed well, I never tire of reading that. We all are capable of change, it’s just important that we actually want to. So, why would that be different for characters in books? They should also get a chance to improve and learn from past mistakes.
#3 The Grumpy one and the Sunshine-y one
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll give you two examples: Jaskier and Geralt from the Witcher series, and Azira and Crowley from Good Omens. Granted, for the first pairing this might be more true for the adaptation than for the books, but I just love it when two contrasting characters get to complement each other like that.
#4 Fairytale Retellings
The sheer number of times I picked fairytale retellings for T5T posts should already be a dead giveaway that I’m a sucker for them. This is another trope that is really hard to pull off. You want it to be unique enough to not feel like a blatant copy but still include so much source material that you can see where the author came from. That’s a thin line to walk but if done right (e.g. Cinder, The Beholder) it hits just the right spot.
#5 Found Family
Somewhere deep down I have a soft spot for dysfunctional found families. Take for example my beloved murder babies from Six of Crows. Or the guys from Dangerous Remedy. I absolutely love reading stuff like that!
What’s your favorite trope? Let me know in the comments!