Showing posts with label trope. Show all posts
Showing posts with label trope. Show all posts

Thursday, June 30, 2016

8 Most Hated Young Adult Plot Tropes


I do love my YA books, but unfortunately, with the genre becoming more and more popular, the tropes are starting to repeat and I keep seeing the same thing over and over again.

Here are 10 Plot Tropes that I don't want to see anywhere ever.


1) Childhood Friend and Mysterious Guy HATE each other

Whether it's a love triangle or not, can we not do this. Can we just once have the childhood friend befriend the mysterious guy? What about a bromance?

2) Protagonist becomes the leader of the rebellion

It's so overdone, I don't even...why would you follow a teenager into rebellion. A teenager that probably is also very new at all of this because they just got thrown into this in the beginning of the book. Common sense, anyone?

3) The hot villain is just misunderstood... while his dad/friend/colleagues who do the exact same thing are plain evil

WHY is it ALWAYS that the attractive young people all are in the morally gray area? Right, love triangle. Moving on.


4) The presumably dead parent.... is not dead

I think this has been overdone since Star Wars. Can we just not

5) "I am so ordinary... ""NO YOU ARE NOT!!!"

I just want a human protagonist. Is this too much to ask. Why does every protagonist that gets caught up in a supernatural world also have to be special?

6) Childhood friend is in love with the heroine

That never happens. It never does in real life.

7) "Our love could sink a thousand ships"


I mean while there is nothing wrong with being poetic about loving somebody, often these people
a) have known each other for a week
or
b) HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR A WEEK.
It's always about the most creative way to express affection, but if you went ahead and asked them to name 3 of the other person's hobbies, they'd be clueless. More friendship, less metaphorical declaration of love.

8) There are three teenage major characters in the book. Of course they all fall in love with someone at the same time.

I don't like this. I'll never like this. Falling in love during high school isn't something that regularly happens. Infatuation, yes, but love is hardly ever a thing, and especially not the kind of love described in 7). Could just one of them stay awkwardly single until the end of the series, please?


What are some tropes that annoy you?

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Tropes I Dis/Like In YA Romance Novels | YA Talk


Especially YA romance is a genre full of cliche tropes that keep getting repeated over and over again until only the mention of said tropes makes you want to rip out pages and eat them. 

Not that I've contemplated doing that. Or have I

Then there are tropes that make you want to get legally married to a book. Not that I've contemplated doing that either


Here are some from both categories.






ALL THE LIKE 

5. Having The Talk With Your Boyfriend Instead of Your Parents
I don't think I've ever read about a guy and a girl discussing protection before they get it on. This right here is the cause of teenage pregnancy, my friends.

4. No Love Poems!
Teenage guys don't read love poems ... actually, I can't think of a single teenager that reads love poems. Or anyone for that matter ... also I don't understand how that makes a dude more attractive, but ok.

3. Realistic Portrayals In Terms of Looks
19-year-old boys aren't super muscly or manly. Most 16-year-old girls don't even have fully developed breasts. And most importantly, no 19-year-old would go for a 15-year-old like it's so common in YA novels. That 19-year-old who does decide to settle for the slightly younger girlfriend is most likely not insanely attractive and caring and loveable but also deep and bruding. Come on.

2. No, or late love confessions
Love is a complicated thing and especially when I'm reading about teenagers falling in love I don't want them to confess their undying everlasting love for each other after one novel. If so, it has to be written over a long period told-time. One way to make me instantly like your novel more is to just leave out the I love you.

1. Breaking Up
Yes, you read that right. Not all romantic relationships work. It's a fact. Why do people always have to end up together in a romance novel? That's not how life works. 

DISLIKE, ABSOLUTELY DISLIKE 

5. Super Celibacy
Let's face it, the one thing teenage boys want the most is to get laid. We've all been teenagers, let's not even try to protest against this. Guys who act oh so super mature and understanding when the girl isn't ready yet, are rare. Especially among 15-21 year olds. Show me that one teenage guy who'll wait for you until marriage and I'll show you my pet unicorn.

4. Stalker Boyfriends
It's not cute to have the guy wait at your door every evening. It's not cute to have him even break into your house and wait in your bedroom because he wanted to see you. It's not cute if he goes completely bonkers whenever another dude does as much as look at you. It's creepy. This guy belongs in jail.

3. Neglecting Your Friends 
The second the hot guy/girl comes around the corner, the friends are passé. Who cares about your best friend of 10 years when you've got a hot guy waiting for you at home? 

2. Ridiculous Eye Colours
"His eyes were so green, that kind of green that you only find in flowers blooming deep down at the bottom of the sea."
"His eyes were so blue, not sky-blue, but the blue the sky turns after a storm."
Don't. Brown's a fine eye colour, too, yet I can't recall ever having read a novel with a super hot love interest that didn't have a stupidly exaggerated eye colour. Stop.

1. Instant Love
Yes, I do understand that it's the easiest way to get the side romance plot out of the way and get on with other oh-so-dramatic things that are about to happen in your novel, young debut author. But come on, do you really want to read a novel about two people that instantly fall in love without knowing each other? This doesn't only portray a completely distorted image of Love, but also gives young readers the wrong idea of what to look for in a partner - looks.


What tropes would you like to banish from or welcome into this world?

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Instant Love and Why it Ruins Everything | YA Talk






Either you don't care or you hate it. At this point, instant love has become a common trope in YA and honestly - it makes me want to cry.

There's no better way to ruin a reading experience for me.

What is instant love?


When two characters barely know each other, yet very quickly proclaim their undying love to each other.

You should think that instant love is only a plot device in novels that aren't really about romance.
In reality though, I've come across way too many instant love relationships in novels exclusively about romance and it's shocking.

You'd think that in a novel that has no other plot than the blossoming of a love between two people, the author would actually make an effort to make it seem realistic. I've encountered more instant love relationships in romance novels than I'd like to admit.


Authors, Why?

You'd think that the journey is the best way about traveling. I guess this doesn't apply to 40% of YA romance writers. Why make the protagonists fall in love instantly? What story do you want to tell if they already fell in love? Why, why, why? Yeah, it's easy and convenient, especially if the romance is only a side plot. I have news for you:




IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE TIME TO PUT EFFORT IN DEVELOPING A ROMANCE PLOT DON'T ADD A ROMANCE PLOT 2k15

Why I'm so angry

  1. Because it ruins my day every time
  2. Because it makes every other aspect about the book irrelevant, if I think about that book in retrospective all I see is the terrible romance subplot the author was too lazy to develop
  3. Because sometimes there is so much lost potential
  4. Because I didn't sign up for this

When I want to read about romance, I want it all and from the start. I want to know to be able to pinpoint the second the characters fall in love and I want to be able totell exactly what makes them special to the other. The most fun thing about romance novels to me is especially the lead-up to it. I won't care about a relationship unless the beginning is strong and the characters got me hooked individually.
Logically, if that is missing, why would I care? Why would I care about two people that I don't even know? Character building is essential for characer-driven novels, especially for romance.

And yeah, if we're talking about a novel that isn't only about the romance, get out. There is NO justification for a poor instant-love romance side plot in a novel that isn't about that.

What are your thoughts on instant-love in books?

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