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This week’s topic is Top Five Tropes I’ve had enough of of!
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Slutshame / girl on girl hate
I mentioned in my previous Top 5 Tuesday post: Tropes I Want More Of how much I love female friendships so it only made sense that this made it to my most hated tropes ever. I’m talking about this two tropes as one because a lot of time they are related, unfortunately. I can’t tell you how many times the female protagonist or love interest either 1) doesn’t have any female friends because they are all unrealistically horrible in comparison 2) the protagonist critizes absolutely every single thing about the girls from her surrounding 3) the girls around her all want to be with the love interest and therefore deserve TO DIE BECAUSE HOW DARE THEY LIKE THE SAME GUY I DO?
This makes me so angry but also tired. I’m tired of this trope. It makes no sense, it brings woman down when we should be uplifting each other. I’ve said this already but I’ll say it again and again, women are so much more than a plot device to make a main character look good and degrading other women never makes the main character shine.
I feel like I need to explain what I’m trying to say with this one. I don’t mean the chosen one trope, I actually don’t mind that. What I mean is when a character discovers or is introduced to this new world/ ability/ magic system and they are PERFECT at the magic, they get all of the intricacies of the world and are way better than people that have been born there or have worked their entire life to master something. I like it when characters have an affinity to something and therefore comes easier to them but I don’t like it when they don’t have to do anything to be extremelly good at it because it doesn’t make sense to me. I like it when they have to train, learn and work hard to be really good at something. I love it when characters aren’t just particularly good at something because they were naturally talented, but when they are excelent because they’ve also worked their asses off to ge there.
THIS. DOESN’T. EXIST.
You can have a physical attraction to someone on first side. I get that. I’ve had crushes on the metro before. BUT FALLING IN LOVE AFTER THREE DAYS? Na ah honey. That’s not love, that’s infatuation and it’s irratating and it makes my blood boil because it’s based of nothing. There are no solid reasons for two characters who have just met to fall in love and therefore there’s nothing to base their relationship on except their physical attraction. So call it what it is! Not love.
The protagonist doesn’t realize their own beuaty
This. This frustrates me to a new level.
I understand thinking that you might not be the hottest person on the planet but I cannot tell you a single person in real life that isn’t aware of when they are flirting with someone, not one. Therefore I cannot for the life of me comprehend how a character has literally no idea about their beauty or think of themselves as rather plain, to then have literally every single character falling madly in love with them. The wors part is that most of the time this comes as a shock to the main character and I’m like GIRL. I SAW THAT COMING FROM MILES AWAY DO YOU WANT ME TO BELIEVE YOU ARE THAT DENSE??
Villains without motive
Characters for me are deal breakers. If the characters are developed, interesting and complex there is a large chance that I’m going to enjoy the book even if the plot isn’t the best. I find especially intriguing morally grey characters, and who is more morally grey than a well done villain? Therefore, whenever I encounter villains who are bad for the sake of being bad they feel like caricatures and they lose me.
Humans are such complex creatures. The brain is so inredibly complex and there are so many possibilities to make someone a “villain” so to leave this unexplored and make a villain withou a reason feels like a complete cop-out or “easy” way to be done with the bad guy of the book.
What do you guys think? Do you agree with this? Do you love this tropes? Let me know!
Until next time,