Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s topic is a super fun one, but honestly also one I struggled with, because my creative well is a little dry at the moment and also because when faced with this topic I suddenly forgot about every single book I’ve ever read. But since I did want to post something today, I decided to tweak it just a bit and talk about some elements or tropes that are most often used in contemporary books, that I want to see more of in fantasy. Because I already love these things, so imagine if you add dragons and magic to the mix!
Pen pal romance
I love me some penpal romances, but I hardly ever see them in fantasy. But what about a penpal romance set at Hogwarts? Or a penpal romance where the heroine’s mystery pen pal turns out to be the misunderstood and lonely reformed villain?
Honestly, I think we could use more asexuality in ALL genres, but I am definitely here for a magical fantasy where the hero(ine) comes to terms with his/her asexuality while saving the world at the same time.
Admittedly, we are slowly getting more and more of mental health rep in all genres. But that doesn’t have to mean I can’t still want more!
Love triangles but with an LGBTQIA+ element
Okay, hear me out. I know love triangles are one of the most hated tropes out there. And for a good reason. But every single crappy love triangle has also been overwhelmingly straight. Add some LGBTQIA+ rep in the mix, and an overused trope has the potential to be fresh and new again.
Career Stuff Is Important Too
Seriously, why can’t fantasy characters worry about their careers too? Like, Harry Potter graduating and wondering which career is the best fit for him? Or Feyre having some self-confidence issues as to whether or not she could perform the task of High Lady or if she’d not rather become a full-time artist? Anything career wise is just so welcome.
Introverted, Homebody Main Character
Why do all fantasy heros and heroines have to be so badass, extraverted, sassy and adventerous? I want the homebody hero, who saves the world and invites you over to celebrate with homemade cake while showing their scrapbook of their journey. I mean, the introverted hero can be just as badass!