Hi friends! We’re gathered here today to celebrate
Or, you know, beloved tropes. Either one. This is hosted by the amazing blogger Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm, so definitely go check her and all of her great posts out!!
Yeah, let’s start controversial! But seriously, if these are done right, love triangles can make or break a book. The entire TID love triangle was beautiful and heartbreaking and perfect and original, while The Selection one just felt…useless? The only way to write on of these is to make everyone love everyone whether platonic or romantic, and develop EVERY CHARACTER*.
*Look at me RANTING COHERENTLY FOR ONCE
Enemies to Lovers!
Or even just “competitors with great chemistry and banter to lovers”. No one can deny how brilliant this trope is, because it allows for characters, plot, and relationships to be furthered all at the same time! But also the ships. Cuz I’m a ship shipping ship shipping shipping ships WHEW*. As long as it isn’t an abusive relationship, I’m always there for a good enemies to lovers trope.
*if I forgot to edit that I am so sorry
The Chosen One!
Okay so it totally depends when it comes to this trope. How this trope in the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson unfolded was downright brilliant. But sometimes the trope can come off as shallow or lazy? Like Shadow and Bone? Like give me a good, complex character and pepper that trope with a light sprinkling of plot twists*.
*I have become one with the food shows
Morally Ambiguous Characters
YES YES YES. I actually adore all the sweet, cinnamon roll characters but morally ambiguous ones are also my faves. You never know what they’ll do next! Like me! And also they’re prime candidates for the enemies to lovers thing. Just sayin.
I don’t know why but I will never deny the power of the “long lost royalty” trope? It opens up the door for SO MUCH. I do hate it when everyone ever doesn’t want to claim the crown like can we have a dedicated monarch main character for once?
So that’s it! I had a ton of fun with this post, but I also realized just how many tropes I really hated, so stay tuned for next week’s post! Tell me your favorite tropes, au revoir!