As per usual, I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.
There comes a time when I just get tired of certain things in books. This can be genres, topics, tropes, etc. For this one, I’m going to focus on tropes in books.
Love Triangles, especially in young adult novels, are just overdone and boring! They get in the way of the story, and then it becomes all anyone talks about or focuses on. I mean Katniss has more important things to worry about than whether to be with Peeta or Gale, and there never was a love triangle between Harry, Ron, and Hermione, so just stop it.
The best friend turned love of my life but I only realized it when we were in serious danger. It’s just more annoying and also I’ve never actually seen it play out in real life, so maybe that’s my issue with it. Most childhood best friends just remain best friends.
The damsel in distress is plain insulting to women. Even if women need help, what’s wrong with that? Whether a woman (or man) needs help or not, it doesn’t need to be a major plot point in a novel.
An author who writes a token diverse character that is only there to prop up the main character and to make themselves “feel” better. Try to actually write believable diverse characters. If you don’t know what that looks like, well then find people who are diverse. Have people who are LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and other minority groups read your story to see what they think. And for god’s sake don’t retroactively say there were diverse characters when they’re really weren’t (looking at you she-who-must-not-be-named)!
Writing the protagonist as an outsider who focuses on only super obscure literature at 15, has a specific routine, and the boy she falls in love with says the line “you’re not like other girls.” When did this line become romantic? It’s not romantic, it’s a dig at other women. What’s wrong with being like other women? Nothing! Write real women and girls in your books.
Happy Reading Darlings!