Top 5 Wednesday #10: Used and Abused And I’m Tired of Them

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group. This week’s topic:

Tropes you hate

I wouldn’t say that I hate these. I’m just tired of them and whenever I encounter one, I get annoyed.

Love Triangles

— This one needs to go on a hiatus. I’m so over it. These days whenever I see it in a story, it immediately sours my reading. There are a few exceptions, however, like Snow Like Ashes where it doesn’t consume the plot or the protagonist.

Speaking of this, here’s a bit of sensational news on spicy love triangles in young-adult novels.

Pretty girl doesn’t realize how beautiful she is

— Really? I’d rather the character just own it that she’s beautiful and the author finds another way to portray her lack of self-confidence.

You gotta be bookish to be smart

— Now, don’t get upset. I like it when characters are book nerds like myself but just because a character is smart doesn’t mean that he has to be a great lover of books.

Stubborn protagonists

— I usually like them but in young-adult novels, the stubborn ones usually throw tantrums at some point and that’s annoying.


— Guys and girls can be friends, even when they work closely together. They don’t always have to hook up. They don’t always have to hook up because they’re in a young-adult story, or an action movie, or a horror movie (this last one baffles me. Who has time for a kiss when you’re scared out your wits?).

What tropes are you tired of? Share below.

9 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday #10: Used and Abused And I’m Tired of Them

  1. The Love Triangle lost its flair back in the dark ages of Twilight. Any time a heroine is introduced to two guys in the story within the first twenty pages, you know a triangle is coming and I almost always know whose the “main” guy and whose the “second” guy. There’s no fun in it anymore or mystery.


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