A trope is a character we’ve seen, over and over again, who has the same general characteristics each time. We mostly find them in genre books, where they actually fit in quite nicely.
Sure, we should avoid tropes, or at least make them unique. But, as a reader, there are some tropes that I just simply love!
1. The 20-something year old, irresponsible guy, who is suddenly in a dystopian world, usually full of zombies.
This character tends to start off as “every man for himself,” but soon situations and people allow him to grow and truly shine.
The character arc skyrockets to make him an unlikely star.
He’s not out to save the world, but he ends up trying to help anyone who stumbles onto his path.
His heroism is often tested, and he rises up to the occasion each time. The hero shoe fits, even if he didn’t choose to wear it.
I always start by hating him, but as the story progresses, I truly love him!
2. The 30-something year old, rugged yet gentle hero with the body of a UFC fighter.
This character is a must for many a romance novel.
He is single, kind, and a hero in all sense of the word. Easy on the eyes and gentle, even though he’s manly and tough.
He fulfills our hidden fantasies of being the rescued damsel in distress, and I love this trope for it!
He’s the quintessential knight in shining armor, who comes in and sweeps us off our feet.
3. The guy in-over-his-head that must prove his innocence, usually from a misunderstanding.
This poor guy is in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with a dead body!
Caught “red-handed,” he must now prove that “wait, this isn’t what it looks like!”
And the more he tries to prove his innocence, the worse he looks 😂 But wait! Hear him out! He really didn’t do it!
This trope always makes for a fun and silly cozy mystery read. Love it 😊
4. The vulnerable woman with immense inner strength.
You’ll usually find this lady in historical fiction, when women’s rights were non-existent.
She lives in a time when standing up for oneself as a woman was not only rare, but frowned upon.
And yet here she comes, with her head held high and her convictions intact. She does what is right, even when what is right is the most difficult choice for her.
This strong woman is usually realistically flawed, yet that doesn’t stop her. The world around her doesn’t stop her. And I love her for it!
5. The underdog, child hero.
He is Ender, he is Harry Potter, she is Katniss.
This is the child that is thrust into a situation much bigger than they.
And through the story, their innocence and budding maturity are both put on display.
We watch these characters grow right in front of our eyes— making sacrifices, tough choices, and still feeling butterflies in their tummies over a girl or boy 😉
What tropes can you never get enough of? What tropes are you sick of?
The only trope I’m sick of is the 20-something year old woman out to change the bad boy into marriage material. Blah! So unhealthy 😣
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