It’s Tuesday again, and though it’s late in the day, I’ve got another Top Ten Tuesday post. TTT is hosted by the broke and the bookish. To join in, simply go to their post for the day and add your post to the linky. They post upcoming topics under the Top Ten Tuesday tab at the top of the homepage.
Today’s topic was Top Ten Bookish Things I Want To/Have Quit. I chose to do the Top Ten Tropes I’d like to stop reading.
1. Love Triangles, especially in YA books. They often seem contrived, half the time the ‘losing’ member gets their personality distorted so it’s clear why they can’t ‘win’, and it’s almost always two boys fighting over a girl. Further, the love triangle eats up space that really could have been used to better develop characters, plot, or setting, or space that really didn’t even need to be present in the book.
2. Stalking = Romance, because it doesn’t. Stalking is a scary thing that happens in real life far too often, and books that romanticize it are creating future victims and future tragedies.
3. Defrosting Ice Queen. If you don’t know what this is, it’s when a ‘cold’ or ‘prudish’ girl ‘warms up’ thanks to the love of the right guy. Used sparingly, I have no problem with it, but not every ‘Ice Queen’ needs defrosting.
4. The Lost Golden Age. I’d love to read something where there never was a golden age, or where the golden age isn’t pastoral or intelligence driven. I mean, what about a time of conquering? Yes, that’s not very much ‘in’ with modern sensibilities, but in Speculative Fiction, why isn’t there more of this? Or if there is, someone point me at it, please!
5. Character Derailment. This ties in with number one a little, but I’m tired of authors (mostly in series) having characters do something for no good/explainable reason. Something inconsistent with their characterization and with no explanation as to the sudden change.
6. Darker and Edgier. Okay, I get it, you want to be cutting edge on a genre that often gets saturated with new trends (YA and Adult Spec Fic novels are both guilty of this). But that doesn’t mean you need to constantly push the envelope until you’re jumping off the slippery slope of suspension of disbelief. Also, you don’t need your main female character raped to make her sympathetic, relatable, worthy of something, etc.
7. Elemental Personalities. So your character uses fire. Make them something other than a hothead, please! Or a stoic ice-wielder. And why are they always rivals? Comic books and graphic novels are guiltier of this than other books, but I’ve read it across the board and it’s getting to be old hat.
8. Straw Politician/Activist/etc. I’m just going to leave that there and say enough said.
9. Dystopia/Cr*psack Future World. I’d like to see some more future-worlds that aren’t all corruption and destruction and so on. Mix it up a little, please.
And, since I couldn’t think of any other tropes, a special:
10. First Person. I’ve finally found some that don’t bother me, but I’d still like to read less first person, especially with the YA books I’ve been reading recently. I know second’s hard to do, but I wouldn’t mind more of that. And, of course, third limited is always my favorite. But this one’s less of a complaint than the tropes and more of a ‘I should probably do some more research before starting books’ thing.
Happy Tuesday. What did you post about today?