In this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, I’m going to share five book tropes I want to see more of.
- I’m not really sure what I’d call this, but I want more cranky men who are soft on the inside. I don’t mean assholes who have a good side. I mean good people who are just extra cranky on the outside. Think Luke Danes from Gilmore Girls. The book character that embodies this that immediately comes to mind is Cormoran Strike.
2. Friends to lovers – I love relationships that start off as a friendship. Pretty much all of my real-life relationships have started off with me being friends with the person for years beforehand, so I suspect that’s why I gravitate to it in books. My favorite example of this is probably Hermione and Ron, but I can’t even really think of any others. Authors, please write more of this!
3. Sibling relationships – I really love reading about sibling relationships, especially ones where the siblings care about each other. I think probably because I’m an only child and never really experienced that bond. Some of my favorites are Zélie and Tzain in Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone and the Weasleys in Harry Potter.
4. Women breaking societal norms – I love books in which the female protagonist is living in a society that is oppressing her in some way and she breaks all of the rules and proves everyone wrong, changing the norm. Examples of this include Kel in Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small series and Mercy in Stacey Lee’s Outrun the Moon.
5. Will they, won’t they? – For books with romances, I almost love reading about the build up to a relationship more than I love reading about the actual relationship. My favorites include Robin and Cormoran in the Cormoran Strike series (I ship it HARD) and Toru and Naoko in Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood.