Top 5 Tuesday: Tropes I dislike

Hey, guys!
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*)! ๐Ÿ˜…

#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. ๐Ÿ˜…
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!

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8 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Tropes I dislike

    • It especially grinds my gears when there’s so much plot going on (say, for example, a revolution) but the most important thing is which guy to choose. Makes me want to scream into the void ๐Ÿ˜…


  1. I am so mad at myself that I forgot to put insta-love on my list. I was dying for a fifth trope, and while I’m still inclined to hate the one I picked, I do hate insta-love more. It’s just so unrealistic!! *screams into the void* Hope you had fun (in a cathartic way) this week!! ๐Ÿ’•

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  2. yes to love at first sight and she doesn’t know she’s pretty! but also i totally forgot about the whole awkward and clumsy but skilled with everything else trope. like we’re really supposed to believe that this girl who did a backflip while shooting an arrow just tripped over thin air into the arms of her love interest?๐Ÿ˜…

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