Ah, another Tuesday, another Top 5 Tuesday, courtesy of Shanah over at, Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is all about tropes, again, but this time: Top 5 Tropes I’ve Had Enough Of!
#1 : The Love Triangle
This has to be the ultimate in clichéd tropes. Enough already, it’s been done to death! This is why I do not read romance novels. Ever!
#2 : The Unlikely Hero
Despite the fact Hero was a woman, why do we use the word Hero to exemplify men? Get over it people, woman are just as good, if not better, at being the hero. Where’s the female Harry Potter? Of, yeah, her name was Hermione.
#3 : The Old Duffer Who’s Life Is Changed
… By having a kid in the house, you know the kind of story, the Anne Of Green Gables kind of trope. Can we please reinvent this one, or get rid of it altogether?
#4 : Dysfunctional Family Saga
I was so done with this trope decades ago. I lived this so why on earth do I want to then go and read about it from someone else’s perspective? The crazy aunt (that would be me), the alcoholic wife, the drug-addled uncle, the kooky cousin … and family dinners eaten in silence, or in total chaos. I mean, come on, really?
#5 : The Title That’s A Metaphor
Of course, this applies to just about any novel labelled ‘literary,’ where just about everything is a metaphor for something else. The setting, the characters, someone’s love of tuna melt sandwiches. Now I know why I don’t read literary or straight fiction novels. Ugh!