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.
For today’s post, we’re tackling some bookish tropes I dislike (*please don’t cancel me for this*)! 😅
#1 Love Triangles
I’ve talked about this time and time again or rather complained about it. There are so many books where the love story alone is far-fetched and does absolutely nothing for the story. And then the author comes in and turns it into a love triangle. Could we please just leave the (female) protagonists alone for a bit? They usually have enough on their plate as is. Plus this always has this faint hint of “the character needs to have a partner/a love interest to be a full person or something”. Just stop sending off your characters into relationships when there is absolutely no reason for it. Thank you.
#2 Crazy Bitch
There is this trope that I’ve come to refer to as “crazy bitch” where you get a female character that is just nuts. Not in a way that I appreciate or can identify with but just crazy. The Girl on Train is an example that comes to mind for this and I just find it extremely annoying.
#3 She’s so pretty but she doesn’t know it
You know those movies where a character is a total wallflower but then takes off her glasses and bam she looks like a supermodel?
I’ve encountered that in books as well and it always makes me roll my eyes. It’s not cute, it’s not original or inventive. It’s not even realistic. It’s just dumb.
#4 She’s so clumsy and awkward but super skilled with weapons and fighting
I can think of a YA book or two where this specific trope pops up. It’s kind of the little sister to #3. A character exhibits a ridiculous skill level at something fighting-related that requires years and years of intense training (where did they even get that from?) and a serious amount of coordination. But in everyday life, they essentially trip over their own feet all the time. Again, not cute, not realistic, just annoying.
#5 Love at first Sight
You may have picked up on the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of love stories. 😅
I mean, I can totally roll with them when it’s well-executed and makes sense. But something that falls in neither one of those categories is love at first sight. I don’t care how talented a writer is, it always grinds my gears when two characters just look at each other and then go apeshit. Some people really need to chill a bit (looking at you Shakespeare).
What’s your least favorite bookish trope? Let me know in the comments!