Let’s Talk Bookish: Cut and Paste Character Archetypes

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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?

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