Book Tropes I Am Trash For
Guest post: Anisha Gupta
Book Tropes I Am Trash For
Hi all! Today I am here to share with you the book tropes that I am trash for! Just before we begin, when I say ‘trash’ I mean I absolutely love them and would read a book if it had this trope – even if this trope isn’t necessarily the most original idea. If you still don’t know what I mean, just keep reading. I’ll explain more as I go along!
- Enemies to Lovers
I love, love, love this trope! Most of the time when this trope appears in a book it is quite obvious they are going to happen and so the build-up of emotions is R-E-A-L! You just know it’s going to happen and so you feel tense and excited and just have to hold your breath!
Good examples: The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski and the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi.
- The Mysterious New Person in Town
This is such an awesome (and seriously overused) trope that appears in a lot of YA. I do love it though because you know every time a new person appears they’ll have a major role in the story (read: the love interest) and that I’ll most likely love them (read: they will become my book boyfriend and I shall build a shrine for them on my bookshelf).
Good example: The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer.
- The Forbidden Romance
I think this is one EVERYONE loves – no matter your age, gender or reading preferences! There is something so enticing about a forbidden romance. I love those books when the entire kingdom is against these two characters and they have to beat all odds to be together and IT’S JUST BRILLIANT OKAY!
Good examples: The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
- The ‘Chosen’ One
Oh my gosh, I feel like this is a trope that appears in ALL fantasy. There are times where this can be a little overused but most of the time, I absolutely adore this trope because it’s so classic and nostalgic and takes me back to the good, old childhood memories! I feel at times it could be a little harmful, especially to younger audiences who may feel they are not the ‘chosen’ one, so I do think books need to work on making the ‘chosen one’ a little more inclusive.
Good example: Harry Potter by J.K Rowling or the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.
- Fairytale Retellings
I thought since I’d done quite a few character tropes, I’d also do a plot trope. I don’t know about you BUT I LOVE FAIRYTALE RETELLINGS! They just make me so happy and nostalgic about my childhood and I love seeing the authors getting creative with the way they modify the storyline!
Good example: Cinder by Merissa Meyer
More about Anisha
I am a 17 year old who loves to get lost in fictional worlds and bake up a storm in the kitchen. My natural habitat is mostly me chilling in my room, with a book and a mug of hot chocolate or whipping up a batch of cupcakes downstairs in the kitchen. I love watching movies on rainy days and talking about what I am really passionate about, which led me to create Sprinkled Pages!