You know the drill by now. Top Ten Tuesday is a cool weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we make a list based on the theme. This week the theme is bookish related things that you quit or want to quit. I chose to talk about the tropes that I want to quit that are way too common in YA books specifically.
1. Love Triangles
I’ll admit that I’m not one of those people who passionately hates love triangles. But I honestly keep on facepalming myself because I don’t know why I keep reading books that have love triangles. I’ve never read a love triangle where I was surprised by who the person ended up with. They are just SO predictable, plus there’s always the issue that loving two people at once is impossible. It’s a very frustrating trope to say the least.
2. Bad boy meets good girl
This one is rather difficult to escape completely. I mean, it appears in SO many YA books. I just want to face plant pretty much every time I read one that has this.
JUST SAY NO. I know that I’m far from being alone when it comes to hating insta-love. Truthfully, I don’t really know anyone who does like it. But somehow, there are still tons and tons of YA books that feature it. THAT’S JUST NOT HOW LOVE WORKS. It takes time to fall in love with someone. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
4. The perfect and pure main character
You guys know what I’m talking about, the main character who is absolutely beloved and worshiped by all. She’s somehow the most popular girl in school and has all the boys wanting her because she’s so pure and perfect. Basically, the boys call her the saint while literally every other girl in the school is a slut. I’m specifically referencing the book Until Friday Night, in case you were curious.
5. Boys and girls not being able to be just friends
I will confess, there are some that make this trope work. Harry and Hermione are a perfect example of a strong friendship between a boy and a girl that doesn’t turn into something more. However, this trope does show up an unnecessary amount in YA. Like what was the purpose of Gale and Katniss happening AT ALL in The Hunger Games? They were just fine being best friends, causing them to be a sort of couple just was drama that the books didn’t need.
6. Crazy parents who may or may not be around
I would just love to see more normal parents who actually discipline their child and are actively in the picture.
7. The pretty best friend/sister who gets all the guys
If the heroine of the story for some reason is not the pretty and popular one, her best friend or her older sister usually is. I won’t lie, I do like some books that feature this (like To All The Boys I Loved Before and even Just Listen in a way) but it just gets exhausting after awhile.
8. Lack of diversity
I will admit that books these days are getting back at having diverse characters, but there’s still a pretty huge lack of them. I want to see more and more diverse main characters specifically!
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