Let’s Talk Bookish: Cut and Paste Character Archetypes

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. Discussions pertain to topics related to reading or books. Share your opinions, and spread the love by visiting other “Let’s Talk Bookish” posts.

Prompts: Are there any characters you feel like you’re seeing over and over again recently? The same love interest in multiple romances? The same protagonist over and over? I’ve seen a lot of complaints about Rhysand-like characters recently so I’d love to hear what characters you’ve seen too much of.

First, I do gravitate toward certain types of characters, so I will see them more in what I read. My favorite novels feature a strong female protagonist. I haven’t tired of this archetype yet. Stories may have similar premises, but there’s enough to differentiate one from the next.

Alpha romantic interests or leads are abundant in romances but I try to steer clear if them as much as possible. I’ve been trying to write a discussion on why I love and hate alpha characters. Just to be clear, not all alphas are bad; it’s only those with certain characteristics that I despise. I see a lot of these in romances. I hate the overly jealous, controlling type alphas who tells the leads what they can wear and try to dictate the lead’s interactions with other people. All this is often done under the guise of loving the lead too much and claiming the lead as their’s. If I despise individuals like this in real life, I don’t want to read about it in my novels.

Are there any characters you’re seeing too much of?

First Lines Fridays 1.16: The ghost knew…

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The ghost knew his master was about to die, and he wasn’t exactly unhappy about it.

He knew that sounded bad. You’d think, after all those years together, that even he might have a twinge of sadness about the whole situation. But it’s hard to feel sorry for someone when: a) you’re a ghost, and everyone knows ghosts don’t have hearts, and b) that someone made her living out of forcing you to make other people miserable.


by Hanna Alkaf
ASIN/ISBN: 9780063062795
Publication: August 4, 2020

I am a dark spirit, the ghost announced grandly. I am your inheritance, your grandmother’s legacy. I am yours to command.

Suraya is delighted when her witch grandmother gifts her a pelesit. She names her ghostly companion Pink, and the two quickly become inseparable.

But Suraya doesn’t know that pelesits have a dark side—and when Pink’s shadows threaten to consume them both, they must find enough light to survive . . . before they are both lost to the darkness. (from Goodreads)

This is one of the best middle grade reads I’ve read. It’s a charming book that turned me into a pile of goo because Suraya, the girl in the title, is completely endearing. I would categorize this as a must read.