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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s topic was supposed to be about books I’d gladly throw into the ocean but umm… I hardly ever feel THAT strongly about books. Even if I disliked it, I can usually find something I did like about it, or something I’m sure someone else will like. I’m just not a throw-a-book-into-the-ocean-kind-of-person.
Tropes on the other hand? There are a few I’d gladly throw overboard, throw in a dumpster or burn to the ground!
I absolutely hate when two characters are kept apart due to some drama that would be solved in 2 seconds if they’d actually TALK to each other.
Emotionally abusive bad boys
I like a bad boy. I don’t like emotionally abusive bad boys who are really just arrogant alpha a-holes and yet somehow super romanticised. Nope.
Clumsy as an entire personality
Look, I get it. I’m clumsy too. But stop making it into a super adorable quirk that makes up 99.9% of a character’s personality. (Guess I’m still not over Bella Swan…)
Teenage chosen ones
Maybe I’m getting old, but I don’t mind the chosen one trope as much as the fact that the chosen one always ends up being a kid or teenager! I mean, sure, we shouldn’t underestimate them, but how about a middle-aged mom as the chosen one? She’d be able to kick ass and save the world too.
I HATE HATE HATE instalove. It always immediately ruins the story for me. Give me slow burn. There can be some instalust maybe, but the love needs to develop sloooowly. I need to pine and faint when the characters brush hands for the first time, okay?
Absent or dead parents
Look, it’s been overdone. We’ve had enough. Give us parents involved in their children’s lives. Give us good parents. Parents who care about their kids. And simply, parents who are around.
I love supernatural romances, but I have so much difficulty with fated mates. It often happens with werewolves, and sometimes fae. It feels kind of cheap to me. I don’t want to be told two people are meant to be together. I want to see them fall in love slooowly, remember. Fated mates often feels like instalove to me. I guess this trope can still be good if done correctly – but it’s a delicate thing: if it can be done in combination with a slow burn (like ACOMAF) then good! But if the fated mates trope is used to replace the slowly falling in love part (like in Shifter Island), then hard pass.
I hate when a female main character has no female friends, and all the other girls are stereotypical, one-dimensional bitches. Enough with the girl-on-girl hate. Give me female friendships and girls building each other up!
Married with kids epilogue
I mean, this trope isn’t sooo bad. I do like a happy ending. And if this kind of epilogue were to happen on occasion, it’d be fine. But I feel like it’s been way overdone. Does a happy ending ALWAYS need to mean married with kids? I’m sorry, but I’d rather not have an epilogue then.