Today’s BookBlogWriMo theme is “Favorite Book Tropes.” This one is a little bit difficult for me, because I’m not a fan of Manic Pixie Dream Girls or really any other clichés in literature, but I’ll have a go.
- The tortured hero. I LOVE a tortured/complex/completely messed up main character/villain/secondary character. Give me a screwed up character over Mr./Ms. Perfect any day.
- I do really like the recent-ish trend of female leads, though I have begun to tire of every single book/series having a female protagonist.
- Epistolary novels. I don’t know if this is technically a trope or just a format for novels, but I love them. Letters, journal entries, texts, whatever. I love them.
- The quirky best friend. She’s a little weird, a little strange, funny, loyal, and just what the main character needs by her side.
- Plagues that kill practically everyone, but the main character has some special resistance. I don’t know why, but I love this trope. As long as the character is mopey about what’s happening to him/her and is a strong character who wants to fight for what’s right, I’m down.
- The Wise Old Sage Mentor with a twist – give me a wise old mentor who’s actually a small child or a supernatural/fantastical creature and I’ll be all over that.
- Protagonist is suddenly able to see magical creatures that have always been there but hidden. Okay, this one is hit or miss for me, but I think it’s an interesting concept that, when done right, is super awesome.
What are your favorite book tropes? I think I might have to do a post about my least favorite because I could list those all day.