I’m sure you all know some book tropes and are amazingly talented at pointing out cliches when it comes of YA novels. I however, am on the worse side of things and usually read eighteen books exactly the same and don’t notice it… Okay that’s a lie, I do notice it, I just love most of the overused tropes (please don’t kill me).
It’s natural for people to stand and criticize a book for containing one or all the YA book cliches but sometimes they are good!
I am going to list some of my favourite book tropes and let you know my own thoughts on the matter at hand.
The hero/heroine is the “chosen one”
I do get that this is one of the only ways the story may be able to advance sometimes and it would be kind of boring if the main character wasn’t able to do anything to stop the problem. Butttttttt… I am sure if one person is capable of saving the world there has to be others as well who can help.
Being “fixed” by a love interest
There are studies that show that when someone falls in love or gets into a relationship they are actually less productive soooooooo I highly doubt that would allow for the character to be “fixed”.
Protagonist has absolutely no faith in their abilities
I do completely understand that some people’s level of confidence is not as high as others but if you have managed to ride a horse before you do not need to be extremely worried about riding it again. Same goes for any other issue a character may have in a book.
I need characters who understand their worth and are ready to be anything but humble about their abilities (although I guess humility is a nice trait to have).
School is non-existent
Hell yeah I love this one. Only because I hate schools in books. Training schools are okay if done well but I cannot stand other schools in books mainly because there is always one teacher who has it out for the main character and is probably secretly plotting the destruction of said character.
Plus I’m at school five days a week, I do not need another reminder to do my homework.
I am perfectly fine with the love triangle (or any other shape) trope but only when the thoughts of those involved aren’t constantly being repeated. If I am aware there are two or more people chasing after the main character, I do not need the main character or any one else to constantly tell me of it.
Plus I need for it to be believable that the main part of the triangle would actually like these characters… meaning the two are not complete opposites.
Strong female protagonists
Yes yes yes! I need motivational characters in my life who are happy to rule the world and let others know of their success. They do not need to be ridiculously bad ass and able to break bones I am so down for a character who is amazing at any talent and uses it for their advantage (while hopefully not taking any comments about their inability, or if they do let it slide give the tormentor a nice long look when they succeed)
Realization of a hidden power
Of course I love this one, I’m still waiting for my own hidden powers to come to light. My only issue with this is if the character is able to control the power with no training what so ever (I love nothing more than a training scene in a book, seriously if you know a book were characters train to master their powers let me know below).