Let’s Talk Bookish: Cut and Paste Character Archetypes

Hello, and happy Friday! I haven’t had too much happen this week: just little bit of reading, and a lot of school work. I’m really excited for the weekend! I have dance for a lot of tomorrow, from 10-2:30, but after that I’ll hopefully get some writing done (maybe nano prep, but I’m not sure) and I’m going to try and schedule some blog posts. Anyways, I’m actually really excited for this week’s prompt: I think that I’ll have a lot of thoughts on this weeks LTB topic!

This week’s topic is: cut and paste character archetypes (suggested by Dani)! I definitely have a lot of thoughts on this subject, and I’m excited to share them all with you..

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! For this week’s topic, I’m going to talk about my thoughts on standalone books and series, and what I prefer!!

Are there any characters you feel like you’re seeing over and over again recently?

I read a lot of YA contemporary romances, and after thinking about it, that is where I definitely see the most repetitiveness. The character that I feel I see far too often is the teenage girl who doesn’t believe in love. This isn’t to say that this kind of character can never make a good protagonist (Instructions for Dancing is an example of a book that does this well,) but this type of character shows up so much in books!! I’m honestly just getting kind of tired of seeing this kind of character, because more often than not the book ends in a perfect romance, and all the anti- love sentiments from the beginning are gone forever.

The same love interest in multiple romances? 

If you’ve read a fair amount of my blog posts, you may have noticed me mention a dislike for Gale Hawthorne and Aspen Ledger. To be clear, I’m not saying that childhood friends to lovers is a bad trope (Percy Jackson is one of my favorite series, and those books have the trope at it’s best) but Aspen and Gale are just so infuriating.

Those two characters have a lot of similarities, and while they are entirely different people, I still really dislike them both. And they feel like the same love interest a lot of the time.

The same protagonist over and over?

I have one that I can definitely put for a type of protagonist I’ve seen way too many times: The not-like-other-girls YA protagonist drives me crazy. We see protagonists like this in SO MANY BOOKS and it’s boring, unoriginal, and not fun to read. Children of Blood and Bone, The Selection, Shadow and Bone.

I don’t automatically hate a book with a not-like-other-other girls. It just definitely takes away from the level of enjoyment while reading, and how much I can appreciate the protagonist.

Related post: The Not Like Other Girls trope

I love Shadow and Bone, but Alina Starkov is not the most unique protagonist. The Selection is my guilty pleasure read, and America Singer is the most not like other girls protagonist you will ever meet. I mean, her name is America. What else could you expect?

I honestly think that this is the sort of thing that you might blow past, and not notice it until a reread, or just at all. Sometimes, a protagonist can be very much a not like other girls person, but it might not show super directly.

Wrapping this up…

This is a kind of short post, but I had fun writing it, and I hope you liked reading it!! Cut and paste character archetypes show up a lot in literature, and it’s been interesting to think about how it affects us, and what we notice and might not notice in terms of repetitive types of characters.

Are there any types of characters you feel like you’re seeing over and over again? The same type of love interest in multiple romances? The same kind of protagonist? Is there one that you prefer? Chat with me in the comments below!

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Cut and Paste Character Archetypes

    1. There are definitely a fair amount of characters who have low self-esteem, now that I think about it. I think that in books when characters have journeys of self discovery, or gain more confidence throughout the book, this can be good though.

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