It’s a little known fact about me that I love talking about things I HATE in literature. I always try to see the positive, but there’s just something about discussing your hatred for a book or element of a book that brings people together. Some of these tropes may not be actual “specific” tropes that have been named, but they are things I see SO OFTEN that I hate with a passion.
1. LOVE TRIANGLES
I have a feeling this trope is going to be on many people’s lists, but I FREAKING HATE LOVE TRIANGLES. For example, a girl who has two great guys who BOTH like her [shocking] and spends the book/trilogy *cough*The Summer I Turned Pretty*cough* trying to decide between them. Though this may happen in real life, as people have argued, these instances are few and far between. Someone who likes someone who likes someone ELSE is much more common. VERY RARELY do two people like the same person and then have it out over them for a long period of time. I could go on and on about this but trust me, I just hate it.
2. Dark/Mysterious/Broody/Mean Boy Gets The Girl
HONESTLY I AM JUST WAITING FOR THE SWEET LOVELY BOY TO GET THE GIRL. This does happen, but more often than not it’s the DARK SEXY MYSTERIOUS VERY PROBLEMATIC CHARACTER who is the main love interest. I hate them. SORRY I JUST DO. They may be interesting characters, but I can’t handle the cliche “bad boy attitude”.
3. Savior Complex
If you’ve read a dystopian novel without a character with a savior complex, count yourself among the lucky stars. In almost every dystopian novel I’ve read, the main character comes to a situation where THEY AND ONLY THEY *heavy on the sarcasm* can SAVE THE WORLD. AND THEY MUST DO IT ALONE, NO EXCEPTIONS. Also, they can’t tell anyone what they’re doing. They must WALK TO THEIR DOOM ALONE. Come ON. Give me an amazing team that works together and doesn’t keep secrets from each other and beats the enemy….TOGETHER.
4. Absent Parents
Have you ever read a YA book and wondered, “where the poop are the parents?” Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In SO many YA books, mostly contemporary, the parents rarely, if ever, pop up, or if they are mentioned they are barely involved in the main character’s life. This is terrible character development, not to mention parenting! Unless the character has a rocky relationship with their parents that is a part of the conflict of the novel, parents should be there and be a part of their lives!
5. Stubborn Leading Ladies
This is somewhat related to the Savior Complex trope, but can emerge in ALMOST EVERY YA NOVEL EVER. The leading lady just HAS to have her way and her way alone, and won’t listen to anyone else’s advice. This attitude gets her in to trouble, AKA the main conflict of the novel. *shakes finger good-naturedly* Those darn stubborn leading ladies!
And there you have it – some of my most hated tropes! Let me know in the comments what some of YOUR most hated tropes are. I know these are pretty specific to YA, as most adult/classic books I read don’t have tropes I hate, but I’m sure there are some tropes I hate that I missed!