Let’s Talk Bookish: Overused book tropes

Hello, and happy Friday! Today I didn’t have school which was really nice, and I did a small birthday thing with some friends, and I had a really good time with that!! I also read a fair amount this morning, and finished reading One of Us is Next, by Karen M. McManus. It was really good, and in my opinion much better than the first book in the series.

Anyways, onto today’s Let’s Talk Bookish topic! This one was actually suggested by me, so if you couldn’t guess, I’ve got lots of opinions on it. I’m so excited to be talking all about overused book tropes, so I’m gonna dive right into this post.

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 overused book tropes!!

Connected to my previous topic where we talked about tiresome characters, what are some tiresome tropes?

Two tropes that I find particularly tiresome are love at first sight, and love triangles. (I don’t know if these are exactly tropes, but I’m just going to go with it.)

I also really am tired of the chosen one with unique magical powers that no one else in the world has, who also has two dead parents.

I’m not saying that these tropes are always terrible, but they are all really overused and for the most part feel unnecessary.

Have you seen enough love triangles? Getting sick of enemies to lovers?

I have definitely seen enough love triangles. And most of the time, they feel really forced, boring, and very uninteresting. So many books have love triangles in them, particularly YA, and I sometimes feel like authors feel they need to thrown in a love triangle to make a book appealing to more audiences, and to be similar to lots of popular books.

I’m definitely not, on the other hand, getting sick of enemies to lovers. The trope is definitely difficult, and can go pretty wrong very quickly. When enemies to lovers is easily predictable, rushed, and has no build up whatsoever, it can be terrible. But when the trope is done well, it’s done amazingly!! Books like These Violent Delights, with Roma and Juliette, and Six of Crows with Nina and Matthias, the enemies to lovers trope has been perfected by these authors.

What tropes have you had enough of, and can they ever be done well?

I don’t think that there are any tropes that I just fully have had enough of, and that I think can never be done well.

The “I’m not like other girls” trope drives me crazy, and if I see that in a book it automatically want to just put it down right there. The not like other girls trope is harmful in so many ways as well, to young readers everywhere.

Wrapping this up…

This post wasn’t super long length ways, but I loved talking about this discussion topic, and I hope that you liked it as well.

What are some overused book tropes you can think of? Do you like these tropes, or do you agree with me on them? Is there one that you prefer? Chat with me in the comments below!

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