Book Tropes That Drive Me MadDishing Junk – The act of dispensing ideas of little value in a casual or silly manner.
There are some things you read in a book and groan out loud…”Not this again!” Tropes that are either ridiculously common, or ridiculously un-sense-making. Here are my current maddening tropes. They change all the time.
“I smell your matiness! Let’s boink!”
This is a trope that consistently drives me mad. I’m in love with the “love” and the falling into love. I want to read the interplay between the characters and find out why they fall in love. When “fated mates” are introduced I lose that interplay. That insta-love ruins the falling. I’ll accept it more when one of the characters is very “opposed” to the mating. Then the other one has to work a little harder.
The Chosen One
“I shall save the world! But first, let me sext my boo…”
A teenager who’s only education is making it to sophomore year in high school is going to save the world. They’ve been given maybe a super power, or a fancy sword with some powers – and then are left to do it! Most of the time the majority of adults are clueless…sometimes it works. Sometimes it fails.
…Unless you’re Buffy.
“You will obey me or I shall blow up the World! I got a bomb in my shoe! Stop looking at it! It’s there!”
The hero or heroine is threatened to do something or the antagonist will kill their family, their friends, or the entire planet. Usually, it’s a threat of “I know where they live.” Sometimes the antagonist claims to have a doomsday device, with no proof, and holds hostage the hero or heroine because of this threat. It drives me batty.
“We didn’t want to tell you…well because it’s a secret…”
The secret held for no reason whatsoever drives me crazy. This happens a lot in Young Adult. The parents fail to tell the child that it’s an alien, fated to blow up the world if it has sex, but they don’t tell the kid until they are already in love with someone and about to have sex. Why? No reason. We didn’t want to scare you.
Virgins & Orgasms
Virgins are a little overplayed to begin with, but then add an orgasm to that…well I declare shenanigans. A little pressure, some pain – and then the chick is screaming as the best feeling ever is washing over her.
Little Women. Big Men.
“He was so big and hot and she was so petite and cute, she barely came up to his waist…the perfect size for–”
This is a common trope in Paranormal Romance. The big man, the little woman. The man is so big he towers over the female. The female is so small he might “break” her. I noticed this first in the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. It was made more obvious when she went into detail about how her characters bought XXL Abercrombie shirts. Find me an XXL Abercrombie shirt and I’ll show you a normal Medium male’s shirt. Silliness. On top of this, the size of the female vs. the male is usually used as a power play. The male dominates the female and usually calls her cute little names like “Little One.” JOY!
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