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.
We’ve already talked about tropes I liked and disliked this month, today we’re about to combine that: bad tropes done well!
#1 Throne of Glass: Clumsy but Skilled
I mentioned this specific one in last week’s post with the YA heroine who is both a badass at fighting and weaponry but somehow trips over her own feet all the time. When writing that I swear I had a mental picture of Celaena Sardothien. While in general, this is a trope that I don’t like, the Throne of Glass books were so freaking good, and Celaena is such a relatable character in other regards that I am prepared to overlook that.
#2 Hunger Games: Not like the other Girls
I didn’t outright mention this one before but it always annoys me when one of the main features of a female lead is simply that she’s “not like the other girls”. However, I really liked Katniss, so I’m going to forgive the transgression.
On second thought, it’s been almost 10 years since I read those books. So, I might feel differently should I pick them up now. 😅
#3 Harry Potter: The Chosen One
The Chose One is a trope that has been done so often it simply lost all originality and charm. The reason I did like it in Harry Potter is maybe that despite the fact that he is the chosen one he has a lot of flaws and relies heavily on others to help him (Hermione is the real MVP here), instead of just being a perfect savior as is often the case in other versions of this trope.
#4 Serpent & Dove: Enemies to Lovers
Let me preface this by saying that I still have a few problems with this particular trope in general and in this book. But I still think it was well-executed in Serpent & Dove. This is something you have to make believable in order for me to not just roll my eyes. 😅
#5 Scott Pilgrim: MPDG
The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is something that you might be more familiar with in the movie world – Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim is a pretty famous example in that regard. But since that film is specifically based on graphic novels, I get to include it here. Ramona is kind of the OG MPDG and while the trope is rather annoying for me in general, the whole world of Scott Pilgrim and the concept is so colorful and so much fun that I can’t be bothered to care. I simply enjoyed it!
What’s a book that features a bad trope done well? Let me know in the comments!