BookBlogWriMo: Favorite Book Tropes

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The quirky best friend. She’s a little weird, a little strange, funny, loyal, and just what the main character needs by her side.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

BookBlogWriMo 2014 Intro and Sign Up Post

Despite the fact that I am technically a writer in that I write for my blog and for WatchPlayRead, I am not much of a creative writer. I occasionally write short stories, but most of these are kept to myself. As much as I would like to participate in NaNoWriMo, I don’t think I could develop my stories into 45,000 words, nor would I really want to.

So when I came across BookBlogWriMo hosted by Book Bumblings, I was pretty excited. Of course, then life got a little crazy and I got a couple of days behind, but here’s my official sign up post. Basically, BookBlogWriMo is a version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers who may not have the ability or want or whatever to participate in a month-long drive to write 45,000 words.

Here’s the schedule for anyone else who might want to sign up. Click on the picture for the official sign up page!

BookBlogWriMo Schedule

BookBlogWriMo Posts: 

Week 1

  • 11/1 – History of Your Blog Tell us how you got started! When did you start your blog? Why? What have been some of your trials and tribulations? How many pigs did you have to sacrifice to get people to see your Facebook posts?
  • 11/2 – How You Read Paperback? Hardcover? Ereader? Smartphone? Bookmarks, note taking in the margins, or highlighting? Tell us some of your reading rituals!
  • 11/3 – Where You Read Pretty self-explanatory. Bonus for a picture!
  • 11/4 – Why You Blog Again, self-explanatory.
  • 11/5 – Where You Blog Bonus for a picture!
  • 11/6 – #TBT – Favorite Childhood Books What were some of your favorite books way back when? This could be a read from before you could read, or what you spent summers by the pool with in high school.
  • 11/7 – #FlashbackFriday – Blog’s First Design – This one’s fun! Oh, how blogs evolve! Go to WayBackMachine.com, enter your blog’s URL, and take a screenshot of what you used to look like!

Week 2

  • 11/8 – Your Blogging Toolkit – We could all blog smarter! Share some of the best tools in your blogging arsenal.
  • 11/9 – Your Blogging Workflow – Lifters can take their #gymflow and shove it. Share your blogging process and rituals using the hashtag #blogflow.
  • 11/10 – Memes You Meme – Do you #ThrowbackThursday or indulge in a little #ManCandyMonday? Share some of your favorite meme posts from your blog or social media pages.
  • 11/11 – #Top10Tuesday – Most Popular Posts Head on over to Google Analytics or wherever your stats are located and find the 10 most popular posts on your blog. Link to them, talk about them, tell us why we should love them.
  • 11/12 – Advice for Newbie Bloggers Be Yoda. Share your secrets. Do or do not, there is no try.
  • 11/13 – Your Review Process Do you write your review the second you finish the book? Months later? Take notes as you read?
  • 11/14 – Your Ratings System A lot of blogs have ratings policies or systems. Some don’t, but they really do. What makes you decide how many stars to give?

Week 3

  • 11/15 – Favorite Book Blogging Things – Feel free to talk about the wonderful host of BookBlogWriMo and how much you love her.
  • 11/16 – Least Favorite Book Blogging Things – Yeah, sometimes blogging is a pain in the ass. Tell us why.
  • 11/17 – Favorite Book Tropes Friends with benefits? Manic pixie dream girl? What cliche-type things do you never get sick of?
  • 11/18 – Favorite Subgenres – Self-explanatory.
  • 11/19 – #WaitingOnWednesday – TBR Books – Name some books on your TBR shelf and why you’re looking forward to reading them.
  • 11/20 – #TBT – Best Books of 2014 – Do a top 10, top 20, or hell, top 100 list of books you’ve enjoyed this year.
  • 11/21 – #FlashbackFriday – Your First Reviews – Link up to your some of your first reviews. Feel free to get reflective.