Let’s Talk Bookish: Overused Book Tropes

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Prompts: Connected to my previous topic where we talked about tiresome characters, what are some tiresome tropes? Have you seen enough love triangles? Getting sick of enemies to lovers? What tropes have you had enough of, and can they ever be done well?

Because I often jump between my two favorite genres and there are so many books to choose from, I’m not sure if I’ve ever gotten tired of many tropes. However, I do despise love triangles. They wear me out! I tend to stay away from love triangles mostly because they give me anxiety. It’s a lot easier when there is a clear couple while the other person tries to intervene but isn’t really a consideration at all. Those I can kind of get through. Here are the scenarios I dislike the most.

The set-up: Lead A needs to choose between love interest B and love interest C. B and C love and adore A. How will A choose? A clearly chooses the love interest they prefer, B.

  • The problem with B was that B was an ass to A most of the time whereas C, clearly the better choice and favored by me, gets left behind. Sometimes it can be intertwined with B being the abhorred alpha type I mentioned in the previous prompt. (No books come to mind at the moment, but many Korean dramas have done this to me and I’m still bitter. Second lead syndrome hurts.)

  • Before choosing B, A kept going back and forth between the B and C rather than just leaving it well enough alone until A’s feelings were sorted. (The Inheritance Games was like this for me. I finished the book, but I was not very happy with Avery.)

Can love triangles be done well? Maybe they can, but I’ve tried to stay away as often as possible until The Inheritance Games hooked me. I was not aware there would be one but the book was enjoyable so I powered through.

Whew! I’m glad I got that all out! Thanks for reading my rant.

Are there any tropes you tend to stay away from?

15 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Overused Book Tropes

  1. I used to be okay with love triangles, but now they’re way overused! (I also have a tendency to root for the wrong ship so…) Instalove is another trope I’m not a huge fan of.

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    • Yup. I feel the pain of rooting for the wrong ship. 😭 I dislike instalove too but sometimes I fall for it because the writing is so good…so I’m always “Do I or Do I not…hmm” 🙃

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  2. I agree, the love triangle in the Inheritance Games was not really done well… But as someone who usually dislikes this trope as well, I’d recommend the Infernal Devices trilogy, because that’s the only book with a good love triangle I’ve ever found!!

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    • I will definitely put that on my potential list. What about the Infernal Devices love triangle especially jumped out at you as well done? You can use The Inheritance Games for comparison since I don’t know much about Infernal Devices. I appreciate the recommendation!

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      • Ah well, there was all the angst, because you see, the two boys loved each other as brothers and they were torn between their love for each other and their love for the girl. And then the triangle was resolved really well at the end

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    • Yup, I try to stay away too. I especially hate when I really like a book and then a love triangle is thrown in, which messes up the good feels I had for it. Rachel from A Bookworm’s Paradise recommends Infernal Devices as an example of a well-written Love Triangle so I might consider checking that out. Let me know if you have any recommendations too!

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  3. Yeah I am not a fan of triangle relationships at all and I rarely ever read any with one of them. I like all of the other tropes that I know of.

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