Hey there! This week I’m participating in Six for Sunday, a meme hosted by Steph at A Little But a Lot. This month focuses on tropes, and this week’s topic is:
Least Favorite Tropes
There aren’t too many tropes I dislike, but there are a few that never fail to make my eyes roll. Here are the tropes that I try to avoid:
1. Teacher/Student Affairs.
Gross. Just…no. Stop abusing your power. If I know this is the focus of the book, I won’t read it.
2. Ugly Duckling Turned Beauty Queen
Once she gets a makeover everyone thinks the plain girl is now pretty.
Trite, demeaning, and unoriginal.
This trope suggests that women aren’t good enough. It implies that beauty is more important than anything else, and, if you’re pretty, all the world is yours. It’s demeaning.
Judge me for my intellect, my kindness, my morality – don’t judge me based on my “attractiveness” and make me transform into something I’m not before I can attain my goals.
3. The Secret Twin/Sibling
This is just mean. I can’t imagine the psychological ramifications of learning that your family kept a sibling from you. That’s pretty messed up, even if they had good reason.
4. Ambiguous Endings
I like cliffhangers if there’s a continuation, but ambiguous endings frustrate me. Yes, I like to come to my own conclusions, but I also want something definitive.
It’s like the short story, “The Lady or the Tiger?” What’s behind the door!?! I still want to know, but instead I’ve spent years considering the possibilities.
Now, I admit that it is a great trope. I mean, hey, it got me to think about the story long after I finished, but I like a conclusion. I need the satisfaction of a closing and end result.
5. Absentee/Clueless Parents
It’s kind of like when I watched the cartoon Max and Ruby with my kids. Where the heck are the parents? So annoying!
I hate books that have parents that are totally unaware and/or unconcerned with their kid’s comings and goings. Keep track of your kids! Who are they hanging out with? How are they doing in school? Maybe if the parents were more involved and available, they’d know what their kid was up to. This is a total eye-roller for me.
6. Love Triangles
Oh, just pick one, for crying out loud! Don’t string them along, don’t drag it out. Choose!
This trope is so frustrating. If you can’t decide between two people, either be with both of them or realize that neither is the right one, and move on.
Well, there you have it – my 6 least favorite tropes. Did any of these make your list? Did I forget any? Comment below!