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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s all about our favorite tropes, but I felt this was leaning a little close to this recent post, so I decided to mix it up just a bit and randomly select a few tropes, face them off against each other, and have me choose a winner. Sounds like fun, right! (Not really ’cause I’m terrible at making choices, but I think I did okay…)
Let’s start this off with a tough one and throw together two favorite tropes, shall we? (why do I do this to myself?). I’m a sucker for both villain redemption AND morally grey characters. I love them both. But if I have to choose just one, I’d go for the morally grey characters as the winner. Because some of my favorite books feature morally grey characters (Six of Crows, Vicious, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, to name a few).
This one is easy (I can’t make it difficult all the time, can I?). I HATE LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. I don’t think there is such a thing as love at first sight. Attraction, intrigue or lust at first sight possibly. But not love. Nope. Give it to me slooooow burn, thank you very much.
Ahh both tropes that can be quite predictable and overused, but are still both soooo good. But my fave has got to be the shocking character was actually secretly royal reveal. It may be predictable, but I love it every single time. The parents that are not actually their parents one has the potential to be really good, but can also easily annoy me if it feels thrown in for no reason. So secret royalty, it is!
Honestly, I don’t have the same issue as a lot of people do with “she let out a breath she didn’t know she was holding”. It’s repetitive and overused, yes. But I don’t mind it all that much. The “not like other girls” comment however, that annoys the everlasting crap out of me. It’s a sexist, misogynistic comment that implies that girls and girly things are inferior and not liking those girly things makes a character somehow better. HARD NO.
I do like a brooding bad boy, on the condition that he’s not an abusive ass. Unfortunately, that often tends to be the case, because somehow this abusive behavior gets romanticized. Not good. But what can’t go wrong and is always a winner is the soft boy. Hufflepuff boys for the win!
Ahh two of my favorite tropes again. True fact: if a book is advertised to have one of these, I will jump on it faster than you can say ‘book blog’. But if I have to choose one, I’ll go for the pen pal romance. It’s just so romantic to fall in love with someone over written words and knowing their personality before ever meeting them in real life. Fake dating can be a lot of fun, but I’m a hopeless romantic and pen pal romances satisfy my need for romance just better. (check out my post on pen pal romance book recommendations)
Two of the most frustrating tropes out there, but part of me has already gotten kind of used to the conveniently missing parents, especially in YA fantasy. I do still get really annoyed when a book only focuses on the two characters in a romance and there are barely any secondary characters with any kind of development, let alone have anything to do other than be a sounding board for the main character’s love drama. Ugh. So if I have to pick one, missing parents it is! (sorrynotsorry)
You know, since I already admitted to being a hopeless romantic, you probably think I’d go for the “only one bed” trope. And you wouldn’t be too wrong, since I do adore this trope a lot. HOWEVER, it is pitched here against maybe the only other trope which owns my heart even more and that’s the “found family” trope. I want it. I need it. My precious.
Both equally amazing tropes, but I’m a sucker for enemies-to-lovers all the way (case in point). However, I do admit I haven’t read that many friends-to-lovers books yet, so hit me with your recommendations, please!
Dragons. It’s gotta be dragons. Oooh, maybe we can get some dragons with superpowers?