Tropes are something that are always being discussed in the YA book community. I have never sat down and thought about which tropes I love and which I hate, until now. Honestly, I don’t find myself looking for books based of what trope they have or most of the time after finishing a book I don’t think about its tropes.
However, today I have talked about a few tropes which I find I pretty much always love in books. Let me know if you’d be interested in me doing a ‘YA tropes I hate’ post because I am definitely up for it.
This is probably the most cringe-worthy trope to admit to liking, however, I do actually quite like it. I’m not entirely sure why. Is it weird to like this as a 22-year-old? Probably.
This definitely all started with everyone’s childhood favourite, Harry Potter. The idea of a boarding school, something that I am not at all familiar with, is quite interesting. Especially if you throw in magic as well.
It is however one of the biggest tropes you see in Kindle unlimited books, and because I use that quite a lot I have found myself naturally gravitating towards them. It also doesn’t help that they always have stunning covers that catch my eye.
This is the type of tope which I am sure I will outgrow quite soon (well probably not but let’s pretend). So, please tell me I’m not the only person who enjoys these types of books. Please.
Enemies To Lovers
I think pretty much everyone will agree with me on this one. There’s just something about characters going from absolutely despising each other to gradually falling in love. But let’s be clear here and note that this does not work or is at all appealing if characters go from hating each other to instantly being in love. There is definitely a right balance that needs to be achieved.
With that being said you do need to be very careful when including this trope. If it is not played out properly with no growth or remorse then it can very quickly become toxic. Nobody wants to see a book where someone falls in love with their abuser.
My favourite example of this is definitely The Wicked King by Holly Black. I am so in love with Jude and Cardan and their love/hate relationship. I probably got a little too invested at one point, but we won’t talk about that.
The Chosen One
This one is a little bit of a grey area for me. I like ‘the chosen one’ but only when it is done well.
Don’t get me wrong I have no issues with arrogant characters, I love Celaena because of her arrogance and sense of self-worth. However, I do understand why a lot of people don’t like this trope.
My definite favourite series for this trope is The Lunar Chronicles. Cinder is a great example of a humble ‘chosen one’. You really can’t help but love her character.
As we all know Harry Potter is one of the most popular books with this trope, and I do love them. However, and please don’t get mad at me. He is one of the worst characters in that series. But I like him because he is to an extent aware of this. In The Order of The Phoenix, he does point out that he was only able to achieve such incredible things because he had help.
Obviously, every ‘chosen one’ character has been helped along the way. But I basically just want to point out that Hermione was better than Harry. I said it and I will never take it back.
Do you agree with any of the tropes I love? Let me know in the comments.
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