Top 5 Tuesday // Tropes I Can’t Get Enough Of

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Okay this is ironic and super convenient because I was planning on doing a post today about tropes I like, and then I find out that this is basically the prompt for Top 5 Tuesday. YAAAY! I love a coincedence.

Anyway, I have quite a few tropes that I genuinely love and want to see more of, even if they are overdone. I think there’s so many ways for authors to put their own unique spin on a common trope, and that’s always so impressive to me. Because it’s easy to get sick of some of these, but I end up liking the trope more and more as I see it done in different ways.

Here’s those tropes I can’t seem to get enough of:


The Chosen One

Overdone, yes, but I love it all the same. I feel like having the “chosen one” element tends to make for a more interesting plot. I don’t know, there’s just something so cool about a character being destined for greatness or… whatever they’re destined for.

I especially like this trope when said Chosen One is an unexpected hero. You know, like how they seem like the least likely person to save the world, but they do anyway? That’s pretty great.

86807CE8-8600-4CDB-BB70-563E3A0D34A1Harry Potter, of course, is the classic Chosen One. I feel like the series set off a chain reaction of books that included this trope, but no complaints here because I love to see it time and time again in different ways. HP will always be my number one though. ❤️

Enemies to Lovers

Characters that absolutely despise each other and end up falling in love? SIGN. ME. UP. This is probably my favorite trope in all of existence. It’s always interesting to read the complexity of emotions and feelings between the characters. It’s also just pure entertainment. I will n e v e r get sick of this trope.

Oh and enemies-to-friends-to-lovers or literally any variation of this trope is also  the best. (I really love everything about this one lol)

img_8664Oops I’m really sorry for talking about Carry On in yet another post, but I had to mention it here because THIS IS THE MOST ICONIC ENEMIES TO LOVERS SITUATION.

The Group of Misfits

Yes yes yes a thousand times YES. I don’t care how many times this trope shows up, I will love it forever. I am always here for group dynamics and teaming up and working together. I love it.

Plus there’s something so special about a bunch of misfit characters coming together to form a little family. :’) It makes me feel all the feelings.

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One of my favorites groups is definitely in The Raven Cycle series. What an absolute treasure. The Raven Boys (and Blue) are truly one of the best groups I’ve ever read in my life. I adore them.

Redemption Arcs

I’m always so impressed when authors can genuinely pull off a redemption arc. Like… how did you make me hate this character with my entire being, but now I want to protect them with my life? Cannot compute. But props to them.

I think more often than not, redemption arcs play out when we find out about a character’s past (which is always tragic and makes me SAD). Then, we start to figure out why they became “bad,” and eventually realize they’re not as horrible as they seem. It’s all very complex and it’s fascinating how we can completely shift our feelings about a character.

62E331CB-DAED-476C-80CF-D29311AB0780The Shatter Me series had redemption arc I absolutely, 100%, never saw coming. I won’t be naming characters here, because spoilers, but those of you who have read this series know what I mean. Tahereh Mafi really did that.

Badass Female Leads

Heck YEAH. I love this trope but I do have to say it can be ahh, problematic. You see, I really hate the idea that some of these female leads never have any weaknesses. Like they have to be “strong” all the time. It’s frustrating because flaws 100% do not make a person weak, yet that’s how it sometimes comes across in this trope. Of course females (like all human beings) have flaws, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be total badasses.

Thankfully, I feel like there’s been some great progress with this trope over the years. We still have plenty of fierce female leads (YES), but now we also see them make mistakes or show their weaknesses. We see vulnerable moments. And yet… we know these characters are still badasses, despite not being “strong” all the time. I like that.

5EE3A328-A373-434E-9D48-48A37F34257DMy most recent favorite example of this trope is Felicity in The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy (which is out TODAY!!). She was an absolute badass, no doubt about it, but she also made mistakes like a real human being would. Felicity learned that having weaknesses doesn’t mean she isn’t strong, and that it doesn’t make her any less of a feminist. It was exactly how I want this trope to be.


I’d love to know:

Do you like any of these tropes? Hate them? What are some of your other favorite tropes?

33 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday // Tropes I Can’t Get Enough Of

    1. Totally agree! Redemption arcs never fail to amaze me; they’re always so complex and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of them. Ooh you’re right, the addition of a love interest definitely makes it even more interesting. 🙂
      Thanks for your comment!!

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    1. YAY I’m so glad you also love these ❤ Omg I adore friends-to-lovers too and if I could’ve made a longer list I would’ve included it and talked about Monty and Percy for sure💗 and ahhh I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO READ LADY’S GUIDE. We can discuss it nonstop hahah! & thank you Dezzy!!

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    1. Ooh yeah a redemption arc is when you start out disliking/mistrusting a character, but over time the author redeems them and you begin to see them differently. When it’s done well, it’s honestly so great. And yes I love that as well!! Thank you Sissi💞

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    1. I am definitely okay with us talking about TRC forever lol. Maybe, just MAYBE, I’ll end up being inspired to pick up the last book😂 And SAME I have so much love for these characters it’s unreal. Do you have a fave of the group??

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      1. AGREED AGREED AGREED. Adam Parrish is the light of my life, my favorite no matter what, but Gansey grew on me a lot too ahhh

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  1. Enemies to lovers will ALWAYS be one of my favourite tropes. I don’t care how many times I’ve seen it, it never gets old. And I LOVE the group of misfits. Just you wait for Six of Crows… You are going to love that group. (And The Raven Cycle has such an amazing one too, AGREED!) Ooh ooh ooh, I also always love a good redemption arc! I feel like they can be VERY poorly executed sometimes, but so long as they’re done well… 😍😍

    And badass female leads are also amazing of course! Although I get what you mean for sure… Like, they don’t need to be perfect to be badass, and making them perfect is just ridiculous, and probably doing more harm than good. But most of the time the badass female leads are the best! And ahhhh, Felicity is so badass and amazing, and I forgot just how amazing she was, and now I’m so happy to be reading about her again, and I CANNOT WAIT for Lady’s Guide!!

    Honestly the only one of these tropes I don’t adore is the Chosen One… I don’t dislike it, I just have no feelings towards it? But it’s a good trope. Just not my personal favourite. 🙂

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    1. Agreeeed enemies to lovers is THE BEST. Ohhh and I forgot to tell you but Shatter Me also has enemies to lovers which might make you more interested in the series😁 hehe. And oh gosh I hear about how amazing the SoC group is ALL THE TIME and it makes me want to stop everything I’m doing and read it. I’m still set on reading Grisha first though agh!

      Okay good someone knows what I mean about the female leads lol! I was worried I wasn’t going to explain it properly because I LOVE this trope and all the badass ladies and everything but I hate how so many of them are “perfect” ya know? I honestly only began to really think about it after reading Felicity’s storyline in Lady’s Guide. It made me realize that’s exactly how this trope should play out!!

      I know what you mean about The Chosen One!! It’s not an all time fave of mine and I do think they’re all kind of copying HP lol, but I like to see it show up if it’s done well😁

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      1. Hahaha I sort of get the feeling you want me to read Shatter Me… 😄

        And the SoC group is sooo wonderful! But the Grisha books really are good too, so I think you’l be glad you read them first… but ahhhhh, I can’t wait for you to read SoC!

        Yeah, I totally get what you mean! Like… Nobody’s perfect. Except for badass female main characters apparently. And as much as I’d probably rather read about perfect badass female leads than NO badass female leads… I’d much rather read about FLAWED badass female leads. Because it just gives them so much more depth, and makes them much better characters. And also doesn’t give the impression that you need to be perfect to be badass.

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    1. Thank you so much Kat!! I’m so glad you agree that redemption arcs are the best. And oh nooo I’m sad I missed out on a good one because I never watched all of ATLA! I always wanted to though, it seems so very good.

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      1. AH no worries!! I’m going to have to properly watch it sometime because I’ve only seen a few episodes here and there. I’ll let you know if I do 🙂

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  2. I love all these tropes SO MUCH! Though I do love to divert a few of them in my own writing. In my little mermaid retelling, there is no chosen one, because I wanted the main character to near feel like the only hero. Everyone has a chance to be a hero 🙂
    BUT I do LOVE reading the chosen one trope. I’m currently finishing up reading the Grisha Trilogy, and that’s definitely a chosen one based trope!
    I also love gangs of misfits. I think Six of Crows is my fav! And Enemies to Lovers, yes!!! And badass female leads, yayayayayay!!!!

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    1. Ahh that’s actually so great that you didn’t include the chosen one in your Little Mermaid retelling! Everyone should totally have the chance to be a hero, I love that 🙂
      But same I do enjoy the chosen one trope in some cases! Ooh no way, I’m actually reading the Grisha triology very soon (hopefully this month) so that’s good to hear😁 I’m going to read SoC after, which I’m even more excited about haha.
      YES I’m glad you also love enemies to lovers and badass female leads!!

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  3. I’m so happy to see somehow who loves the Chosen One trope, too! I understand it is a tad overdone, but it makes for such an interesting story and at least for me, I’ve never read a chosen one book that I didn’t love. 😉 *cries because Harry Potter is the best one ever and I love it way too much*

    THE GROUP OF MISFITS, TOO. I have only read the first two books in the Raven Cycle, but I’m in love with their group of friends. I love them all for different reasons and it’s just so amazing to have that many characters I feel attached to all in one book?!

    I like redemption arcs too, although I can’t think of a book I’ve read with one. I WANT A REDEMPTION ARC FOR DRACO MALFOY.

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    1. Yesss you get me! The Chosen One trope is so good and HP will always be the best one, no doubt about it❤️

      The characters in TRC are absolute gems and I adore their group SO MUCH. And no worries, I still haven’t finished the series either so you are not alone… 😂

      YES PLEASE, A REDEMPTION ARC FOR DRACO IS ALL WE NEED!

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