Ugh Tropes.

So, while writing my last post, I mentioned a few tropes that have turned me off reading YA for Jan 2019. In this post, I go over the top 5 tropes that make me want to either burn a book or throw it in the trash.

INSTANT LOVE!

Are you shitting me? Instant love? Um…. That doesn’t happen in real life. If it does, well, the person might just be a little lusty and needs to get laid. In my opinion, there is no such thing as instant love. Love is something that needs to be worked towards, it’s not a reward you get for collecting ten gold stars or for seeing a cute guy and having the mutual butterflies in the tummy.

DAMSEL IN DISTRESS.

FFS. Do these girls not understand that they are strong females who don’t need no man to save their scrawny little asses? Like, stop making girls believe that they have to have a man to save them if shit is getting rough. Like, no. We need to start having authors write female characters that save themselves. We need to have authors start showing YOUNG ADULTS that real life isn’t the same as books. If you get stuck in a situation where you do need saving, a knight in shining armor isn’t coming to get you. You are your own knight in shining armor and you need to believe that you have the power to save yourself.

GIRL DRAMA.

Come on ladies, can’t we just be friends? How is it that in most books, it’s the best friend that turns out to be the major bitch? Best friend betrays MC and sleeps with their partner, best friend turns out to be some sort of psychopath who goes around killing people, best friend spreads rumors around and turns MC’s life into hell? Like, come one, this is just creating issues for young girls who can be really insecure and have trust issues already? Like, what if they read this trope over and over again and believe that this will happen to them? Give us some characters who have supportive best friends that will turn around and help MC face challenges ect.

LOVE TRIANGLES.

The only time three is a good number in any relationship is if you’re in a Ménage à trois, a polyamourous relationship or you have a child or fur-baby. Love triangles are so overused and come on, if that’s going down IRL, you are gonna end up hurting one of those guys or hurting yourself in the process. Make up your mind and pick one or none. The constant fighting over the girl as well just drives me nuts and makes me want to hit my head against a brick wall, like come on, get more freaking creative!

PRETTY ISN’T PRETTY ENOUGH.

Ok, first off honey, if you say you aren’t pretty and then ten seconds later, a guy comes over and tells you that you’re a goddess and the most beautiful thing in the world and you flick your hair over your shoulder and see yourself the way he does, then there is something seriously wrong. And the amount of times you see a character in a book that does this makes me want to scream. It’s like, if you need someone to tell you that you’re pretty, then you really need to sit down and have a good long think about how you see yourself, especially if you instantly latch onto what the other person has to say about you. The first part to loving someone is loving yourself, and a lot of authors don’t convey this enough! There are so many young females AND males out there that struggle with the way they see themselves and it’s up to authors to help them see themselves how others do without needing to hear that verbal confirmation that they are pretty.

Anyway, that’s it from me for now. I’ll be tackling some more tropes in the future along with some other topics I just love to hate on. If there are some tropes you hate feel free to drop them down in the comments below! Stay safe!

This is me signing off!

XO – Telle.

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