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#BookBloggerHop: Common Tropes

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.

Welcome to my fifth post for the Weekly Book Blogger Hop!


Topic Run Dates: April 30th – May 6th, 2021

Question

What are some common tropes you’ve seen in a genre you like to read? Are there any books you’ve read that reverse or change those tropes? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)


Answer

There are millions of tropes out there, so this list could potentially go on forever. There are tons of types of tropes, too, such as, character, plot, and setting-centered ones that further expand the possibilities.

To figure out my list, I just chose the first few that came to mind and ended up with a list of eight. Easily, I could expand this list to go on and on forever, so it was difficult to keep this post condensed. Here are eight very common tropes that I’ve cone across:

Friends to Lovers

This trope is where any two characters have been friends for awhile. One or both either have feelings for the other since the beginning (most common) or they each slowly start to develop later on.

Enemies to Lovers

This trope is where any two characters either believe the other does not like them or actually does not like them. A competition gone awry or other event triggers them to reveal feelings for the other, in most situations.

Fake Relationships

This one is among my top favorites when it is done well. In a way, it is similar to the “stuck together” trope because two characters are “forced” to get to know each other due to closer proximity. The trope utilizes multiple reasons for the fake relationships, so there are endless possibilities for how to pull this one off.

Second Chance

Usually this trope involves romance where a past partner died or did something horrible, so the main character loses faith in love. However, this can expand to other genres where the “hero” loses and must redeem themselves to get a second chance at making things right.

The Lucky Novice

A character does not either have skills/powers or they are hidden. An event triggers them to discover it and in this trope the character is miraculously a genius at it without a ton of trial and error.

The Reluctant Hero

A character is given a quest that they do not want to do, but they end up completing it in one way or another. The task does not have to be for the side or good and could be darker or more ‘grey,” such as the case with To Kill A Kingdom.

The Secret Heir

The main character believes their life is one way only to discover that they are actually the key to winning a battle or the heir to a throne. The characters are sometimes reluctant, but they eventually accept their new path.

The Evil Overlord

Typically, these stories start with a known evil person or force/curse that needs to be defeated. It is fairly straightforward in a sense as it is good versus evil, but it can become more in some cases, such as in Malice.

Again, the above eight examples are in no way every common trope that I have recently come across. They are all types that I enjoy, though, as most of the time they are done well.

For the second part of the question, some of the above do change the trope a little. However, I cannot think of one that does a straight reversal. A novel like Malice does change the trope a little. There is an evil that needs to be defeated, but our hero is not necessarily a “hero” and instead is a morally grey character. Additionally, Uncork My Love has two characters with bad experiences in their past relationships, but they each healed in a different way, so one of the characters is more open for a chance to find love again, while the other needs more time.

I do not have an official favorite from the list, but tropes like “love triangles’ are ones that are usually the lowest. The Lucky Novice is another that ranks lower as I prefer my characters to have to work a little more to become the best. Novels can span across multiple tropes and they are not usually a deciding factor for me to enjoy a book. Instead, just like most readers, a good book is a well-written book and is not limited to its trope(s).


What are some common tropes that you have come across? Have you experience any that reversed or changed the trope?

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