Pick One: Fiction Tropes

Below I pit two fiction tropes against each other and pick the one I prefer.

Overly protective brother overly protective father?

Brother. I love this trope so much.

Haters to lovers or lovers to haters?

Even though I’m not the biggest romance reader, I enjoy a good haters to lovers storyline. Certainly more than love at first sight, gets married next month.

Haters to lovers or enemies to friends?

Enemies to friends. I’m here for platonic relationships.

Love triangle or love square?

I don’t love either, but I’ll go with a square. The more the merrier, I guess.

Rags to riches or riches to rags?

The former. I want characters to succeed.

A hero or an anti-hero?

Anti-hero. Not everyone can be brave and courageous or save the world, am I right?

Vampires or werewolves?

Thanks to Christopher Pike, vampire books gave me life as a teenager.

Funny friend or smart sidekick?

Give me both any day, but I often relate to a smart sidekick more. I’m just not funny.

Real dating or fake dating?

The latter all the way. It’s fun reading about people who have to pretend they’re in love.

I’d love to know which fiction tropes you would pick.

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10 Tropes I Can Tolerate

Surprisingly enough, I can tolerate a few tropes in this lifetime.

  1. A girl who saves herself. Yes!
  2. Friends who remain friends. Can I be your friend too?
  3. Overachievers. Go you.
  4. Others underestimating the underdog. Prove them wrong.
  5. A character who is forced to confront their past. There’s a reason why you are who you are.
  6. An overly protective brother. I will never not love this.
  7. Love squares. Love triangles are too trite.
  8. Someone overcoming the odds. I want to give you a big hug.
  9. Characters with characters. You can’t go wrong with that.
  10. Anyone who loves reading and writing. Let’s be friends.

Yup, these are pretty much the opposite of 10 Tropes I Can’t Tolerate. How’s that for lazy blogging?

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10 Tropes I Can’t Tolerate

My tolerance level is low.

  1. A girl who needs saving. No. Just no.
  2. Strangers meeting and falling in love within a split second. Seriously?
  3. Underachievers. Get a goal. 
  4. Someone overestimating him- or herself. Cocky!
  5. A character who doesn’t seem to have a past. I can’t relate.
  6. A father abandoning their daughter or son. It breaks my heart.
  7. Love triangles. I have nothing against triangles.
  8. A character with a largely unfair advantage. Make it a bit more interesting by levelling the playing field.
  9. Cliques and clichés. That’s lazy writing at its worst.
  10. Anyone who hates reading and writing. We can’t be friends.

Yes yes, I know. Some of these aren’t exactly tropes, just random things that occasionally irk me.