Hello readers! Welcome or welcome back. Today I am going over a few more bookish tropes I don’t like. I did this before back at the beginning of February, and it was my 2nd ever post on here on WordPress.
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Today, I have 8 more tropes I hate in books. Please make sure to like this post if you did, and comment down below your most hated trope!
I don’t know what it is about fame in books, but I just don’t like it. It can be a real person’s autobiography, or a person of fiction, it doesn’t matter. I like to read non-fiction books, but I can’t name one celebrity I like enough to read their memoir. I get why other people would like this trope, but it isn’t for me. There are a few exceptions to this, one of them being The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. However, I didn’t love that aspect of it, it was everything else.
I love reading books with interesting formats. However, this is the one format I don’t like. I am a person who loves a lot of description in books. The more detailed of the setting and the clothes the characters are wearing, the better. I have always struggled with imagining stories in my head, and a lot of description helps me. I have a hard time imagining stories with minimal or no descriptions, and interview format rarely has any description at all.
Since I was a kid, I have loved scary movies. I can watch horror movies all day and not even bat an eyelash. However, when the horror is extra descriptive in books, I can’t help but put the book down. I still think about body horror that I have accidently read in books of my past. I can handle a little bit of it, but not very much.
Transliteration and Written Accents
I don’t know why authors can’t just say that X author has a certain accent, and then just let me imagine it. I hate when they type out the accent, and I can’t even figure out what the heck the character is trying to say. Sometimes I will say it out loud to help, but it doesn’t always work. A really good example of this is Filth by Irvine Welsh. That entire book has a lot of transliteration, and is written by a Scottish author with Scottish characters. I only got 26 pages in before I got tired of looking up every 3rd word because I have no clue what the characters are trying to express. I don’t know how anyone outside of Scotland is meant to read a book written in that way, and I wish transliteration didn’t exist.
Religious People Are the Enemy
We have all seen/read stories with evil christian characters. I think that is the most common one that is presented in a obvious way. I have been on quite the religious journey in the past year or so, and I have settled on another religion I think is depicted as evil a lot, and that is Paganism. Pagans are always doing some weird human sacrifice in books/movies or cursing someone they hate. We could even talk about religions like Judaism that are depicted as blood sacrificing and evil. It is just a gross and overdone trope, and I hope for less of it in the future.
Taken Out of the Story
I can’t stand characters who take us out of the story every other sentence to talk about things that don’t even matter. A good example of this is a book I mentioned before, and that is Filth by Irvine Welsh. This MC is constantly ranting about everything in his head, ALL THE TIME. I just don’t see the point. I just like things to be relevant to the story at hand, not the stream of consciousness style of the Realism era.
Friends to Friends with the Enemy
I love the trope where the MC becomes friends with the bully/enemy character. I can get on board with that all day. However, when the MC’s best friend becomes friends with the enemy, it causes frustration. This trope is most common in YA or Middle Grade books. It is so frustrating to see our MC have such a strong friendship, only for it to be torn from their grasp by the person who tortures them on a daily basis.
I have seen some people say that there is no such thing as a trope that can’t be done well. I think this trope, along with the miscommunication trope, are exceptions to that. I don’t know why authors put this in their stories. I’m talking about an established relationship where the MC finds someone else to be with, even if their current relationship has NOTHING wrong with it. I would love to give some examples, but I don’t want to spoil a bunch of books for everyone. Cheating never makes sense and is never justifiable. The MC can easily find their way out of their current relationship if they want to start a new one.
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