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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.
Harry 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)
Oops 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
My 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.