Top 5 Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes – details about this group can be found on Goodreads. This week’s topic is book trends and/or tropes you’re tired of. I think every reader has a list of irritating tropes that they see a lot of in fiction. So now is the perfect time to complain!
1. “I’m/You’re not like other girls”
I see this a lot and I’m beyond tired of it! I literally don’t understand why this is such a common thing to appear in novels. I think this mentality can be really damaging to girls who feel like they have to separate themselves from other girls to be considered ‘special’ or desired in any way. How sad is that?
2. HEA = marriage and babies
This is a weird one for me because it’s something that I actually find really cute and cheesy in romance novels but it also hurts to read… I’m gonna talk about it in a discussion post at some point though! I just hate this mentality fiction perpetuates that your life isn’t fully complete unless you’re married with babies. I have mixed feelings on this one.
3. Movie tie-ins
I really dislike when the book covers change so they have the movie/TV show image on the cover instead. I mean I get it, it’s to do with marketing and promoting and making money, etc. but it really puts me of buying it, especially when that’s the only edition they have in the store.
4. Love triangles
Love triangles are a massive cliche, and I’ve read about many of them. But I’ve only come across one love triangle that I absolutely loved (The Infernal Devices). Even though it is a trope that gets made fun of, I would really like to read more novels where the triangle (or square, even) is really well done. Any suggestions would be fab!
5. Changing covers
WHY. Why do publishers do this where they decide to change book covers midway through a series! It drives me mad. But what’s worse is when the books in a series are different sizes. I have several physical copies of series that don’t match and it’s very frustrating! I’m looking at you Clockwork Princess…
What book trends and tropes are you sick and tired of? Vent your frustrations in the comments! 😀
Until next time!