In last week’s Top 5 Tuesday, I shared five book tropes I want more of, but this week I’m going to do the opposite and talk about five book tropes I can’t stand.
- Vampire / Human romances – Ugh, this is probably my least favorite thing that happens in books. It pretty much guarantees that I’ll hate the book, too. As soon as there’s a hint of a human/vampire romance happening, I’m out. It’s ironic because one of my favorite shows is Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I even went to New York Comic Con this year as Buffy), but for some reason I am so turned off by it in books.
- The “perfect” guy/girl – You all know the one. That one character who is the envy of literally everyone in the book. That just doesn’t happen in real life so it’s always super frustrating when we’re supposed to believe it in a book. Bonus annoying points if that perfect guy/girl falls for the so-called ugly intellectual girl/guy.
- Last week I talked about how I loved cranky men who are actually softies. That’s not to be confused with the bad boy who the sweet and innocent main character takes a liking to and suddenly they’re nice. I’m all for character growth, and if done well I wouldn’t hate this, but often what happens is that the character is still an asshole to everyone else, even if they’re nice to the main character.
- Stockholm Syndrome – I hate it when a female character is forced into ultimately liking the male character just because of constant proximity. A recent example is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Everyone raves about that book, but I barely made it halfway through before my hate for that book reached unbearable levels. Falling in love with your kidnapper is not “cute.”
- Finally, girls falling in love with a guy and then being unable to live without them, especially if they sacrifice themselves in the process. Looking at you, A Discovery of Witches.