Top 5 Tuesday!
The idea of ‘tropes’ has always been a tricky one for me. I think all books follow similar plot lines. There are only so many out there, and the specifics are what makes each book better or worse.
These are the 5 I HATE!
Top 5 Tuesday was started by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm!
The random surprise baby.
I hate this trope. Hate it with a passion. No matter how great the book is, this one will always ruin it. It’s so cliche to me. Children are fine, if they make sense with the story. So frequently they just feel thrown in for shock. Please please give readers some originality!
Stop. Just stop. There is nothing wrong with step-parents. There’s a stigma, but the reality is they are just people, and there are loving ones and not loving ones. As a woman from a family with a step-parent, I get so tired of this stereotype. Show love!
(With that said, I didn’t hate this book. I only hated the portrayal of the step-parents.)
Bad Boy/Good Boy love triangle
I’m over love triangles in general, but this one’s the worst. I’ve read a few books with a love triangle where I found that it works. Infernal Devices is a good example of a truely interesting triangle. However, the good vs bad love triangle has got to be the most ridiculous.
We all love reading strong female characters, especially in YA. I’m not trying to say there isn’t a place for this type of heroine. I’m a major Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, so I’ve got my love for the badass type. I just feel like we’re smothered with the same female character type. Look, I love Veronica Mars just as much as I love Buffy. Both of them are equally strong, even if Veronica isn’t a 10th degree black belt. Strength comes from the mind too.
I’m good with instant attraction. I can even handle a book with insta-lust. I get that sometimes you look at someone and the sparks just start flying. All that is cool. I’m talking about two characters whose eyes meet across the room and suddenly they’re sacrificing everything for each other because the rest of the world (and the book plot) ceases to mater. Usually I’ll quit these books.