Top 5 Wednesday: Tropes I’m Tired Of — The Fictional Reader

It’s time for another #T5W post! As always, I will leave all the Top 5 Wednesday information in the description box of my video, so you can participate too if you want to. Today, it’s about tropes you’re tired of seeing.

1. The Girl Who Has Always Thought She’s Different, and the Mysterious Boy Who Told Her Why. I know that’s a long title. But I hope you know what I mean. It’s this girl who has always felt like she doesn’t fit in, but she isn’t sure why. Then a mysterious new guy arrives who is attracted to her/intrigued by her for some unknown reason. PLOT TWIST: the reason is paranormal and why she has always felt different. Sigh.

2. The Girl Who Has Never Felt Beautiful, But Suddenly Finds Two Guys Who Are Attracted to Her and Can’t Choose Between Either. You can switch the genders here, if that trope speaks to you more. I did choose to put genders here because a) there aren’t really many genderfluid or non-binary gender books, and the ones that do exist usually don’t feature this trope. Does that say something about diverse books being more unique in plot too? I think so. Anyway, it’s usually a girl who has always felt ugly but suddenly there are two guys who find her attractive and it has turned into love. How? WHY?

3. Miscommunication as a Plot Device in Romance. You all need to stop with this trope. IT IS RIDICULOUS. There are other ways to further your plot! The miscommunication usually comes to this huge drama which makes the characters stop seeing each other until one of them finally realizes the mistake. I don’t think it’s a good thing to tell (young) people that miscommunication is the only way to go in a relationship. No. Talk to the person.

4. The Special Snowflake Who Apparently Is Good At Literally Everything. It’s the person who can magically do every single thing they try. Never tried to shoot an arrow before? No worries, they’ll hit the bulls eye on the first go. It’s ridiculous. This goes together with the trope The Person Who Wants to Learn a Skill and Apparently is Naturally Talented and Amazing Immediately. I feel like this is an insult in a way. No matter how much talent you have, or inclination towards a skill, you’ll still have to work incredibly hard to become good/the best at it.

5. The Worst Parents Ever/No Parents At All. I know that there are horrible parents out there. And children/people who have lost their parents. So I’m not saying there shouldn’t be any stories on this. I’m just annoyed that every YA book has this trope, just to make it more plausible for the main character to save the world/have the most epic romance. Because let’s be real, if I was gone to save the world without telling my parents, they’d be so worried they’d have a heart attack.

Bonus: The Stalker-Turned-Love-Interest. You know what I’m talking about. It was quite prevalent in YA paranormal books for a while. It’s usually a normal teenage girl who starts seeing the same guy everywhere, looking at her. Then she walks up to him, asks him why he is following her, he has some INSANE paranormal explanation, and she’s like: okay. And then falls in love with him. WHAT??? If someone is repeatedly following you, please lock yourself inside and call the police.

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6 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Tropes I’m Tired Of — The Fictional Reader

  1. Love this — especially the points about the miscommunication between potential lovers and the lack of parents (or terrible parents). These two bother me much more than the others — although the others do bother me. I am SO TIRED of these premises for stories that, quite frankly, when I start reading a book or watching a movie that uses the miscommunication theme, I simply close the book or turn off the movie. I just will not put myself through that stupidity again.

    Of course, I will also add that one of the things I find MOST aggravating about currently published books is the horrible grammar: Incorrect verb usage, incorrect pronoun usage, absolutely no past perfect tense, and commas used all over the place where there should be periods or semi-colons. Major publishing houses have gotten rid of many of their editors, but you’d think they would keep enough to at least make sure basic grammar is correct. Of course, it could also be that the editors who have those jobs are so uneducated — or poorly educated — that they honestly don’t even know what’s correct and what isn’t.

    Hey, thanks for giving me a chance to vent.

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