Saturday, May 5

Tropes I Can't Help But Adore In Books + Recs for All of Them!


Hello friends. After how much I enjoyed writing a post about things I didn't like in books (you can see it here) I decided to compensate for all that negativity and share some of my favorite tropes, themes and such with y'all today. And, let me tell you, this post turned out QUITE COOL, with lost of awesome recommendations, so wow, I cannot wait for you to see it! So, without further ado, let's get right into the bestest tropes there are + some amazing recs. 




best friends to lovers.

THIS IS THE BEST TROPE OF EVER WOW. I'm kind of an optimist when it comes to believing if one of my ships will stay together, BUT that optimism skyrockets when my ship was already super-close (preferably for a long time) before getting together. I mean, these people KNOW each other so so SO well that it's easy to imagine them not only falling for each other, but staying ridiculously in love as well. 

Great Examples:

    
  • Dating Sarah Cooper: Sarah & Katie (#ownvoices lesbian rep)
  • If the Dress Fits: Martha & Max (#ownvoices Filipinx and fat rep)
  • Queens of Geek: Taylor & Jamie (#ownvoices autism rep, POC characters, a bi and a lesbian character)
  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy: Tash & Paul (asexual rep)


messaging with a stranger & falling for them... without knowing that the person they are messaging is someone they know IRL

Isn't this the cutest trope ever!? *cries* I loooove when we're left guessing who the character is messaging - as was the case with Simon and Blue -  but also really dig knowing who the character is messaging while they are totally clueless, as seen in Letters to the Lost and Hold Me

  

Great Examples: 
  • Letters to the Lost: Juliet & Declan
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: Simon & Blue (gay rep)
  • Hold Me: Maria & Jay (trans, latina heroine and Chinese/Thai bi hero)

forced to work or live in close quarters with the love interest

You guys, I cannot be the only one who gets SO IMPATIENT when the ship barely has time to interact because they lead such different lives. WELL, that is all solved if the characters either have to live together, work together, OR BOTH. There's a lot of time for them to get to know each other, and then get together asap. Best plot device that ever was.

Great Examples:

    
  • Poison Study: Yelena & Valek (WOC heroine)
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo: Genie & Quentin (#ownvoices Chinese-Am rep)
  • An Extraordinary Union: Elle and Malcolm (#ownvoices black rep)
  • Grave Mercy: Ismae & Duval


friend groups consisting of totally different characters

I love when a bunch of characters are thrown together by life who seem TOTALLY different... but they form one badass, strong and supportive group. 'Nuff said, I think.

Great Examples:


    

  • Six of Crows: Inej, Nina, Kaz, Jesper, Matthias and Wylan (lgbtq+ and various POC characters, #ownvoices disabled rep - Kaz uses a cane)
  • Want: Lingyi, Iris, Zhou, Victor and Arun (Chinese - #ownvoices, Filipino, Indian and bisexual rep)
  • The Diviners (especially Before the Devil Breaks You): ALL the characters. (black, Chinese characters; asexual, lesbian, gay rep; disabled rep)
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Diana, Alia, Nim and Theo (nearly all POC cast, a bi character)
girls supporting girls

Honestly, I don't think any words are needed for this 'trope' if it can even be called that, because who doesn't love when girls are building each other up instead of tearing each other down. 

Great Examples:

   

  • Ten Ways To Be Adored When Landing a Lord 
  • A School for Unusual Girls 
  • Beauty Queens (trans rep, POC characters)
  • Moxie (POC characters, a barely mentioned F/F pairing)

question time!

What's your opinion on the tropes mentioned above? Have you read any of these books? Thoughts? What are you favorite tropes AND books that utilize them fantastically? 

14 comments:

  1. I love the best friends to lovers trope! I actually just finished Queens of Geek recently and I thought it was utterly adorable :D

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    1. Queens of Geek is such a wholesome & adorable example of that trope. :D

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  2. I love this post! My favourite tropes are probably: best friends to lovers, sarcastic and passive-aggressive love interest, and relationships that start with hatred and turn into love.

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    1. Thank you! I LOVE SARCASTIC CHARACTERS! And yes to hate-to-love, those are some of the best relationships.

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  3. I looooove friend groups that are made up of totally different people! Like they each have their own personality and strengths and humor and it's just so amazing to watch them interact. Also, the whole 'being forced to work in the same proximity of the love interest' is so lovely. I mean, it's probably super tense for the characters but I love that tension! That and Grave Mercy is just fabulous.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Those are the best groups! YES, it can be so tense, especially when it's paired with hate to love haha, which seems to be the case many times in these types of romances. And, YES, Grave Mercy is AMAZING, I cannot wait for the 4th book.

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  4. YES to the badass friend group. I need to read more books with that trope, so thanks for the recommendations!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Yay, I'm glad I could provide you with some recs, all these books are fantastic, I swear! :D

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  5. I am definitely a fan of friends-to-more and second chance romance. I love the history the characters have, and I will always adore girls supporting girls. I just finished Not the Girls You're Looking For, and there was definitely a lot of that in the book.

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    1. Oh, yes, second chance romance can be fantastic, as well! The characters having history together makes the romance all the more interesting. I'll look up Not the Girls You're Looking for ASAP, thanks for the rec! :)

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  6. I love friends to lovers! Seems like most people prefer the hate to love/enemies to lovers trope but not me. I love seeing friendship turn into something more. The one they wanted is right there all along. Gets me every time! :)

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    1. I love both, but friends to lovers is something I enjoy the most when reading contemporary, while I adore hate to love in fantasy. I agree, though, friends to more is so lovely. :D

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  7. I love all of these tropes too, especially friend groups and best friends to lovers! I LOVED Queens of Geek, Six of Crows, Moxie, and Letters to the Lost, and think they all did wonderfully with the tropes. They're some of my all-time favorite books. Great post, Veronika! :)

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    1. Yay, I'm so glad we're on the same opinion! There're few things better when an author/book utilizes your favorite tropes in a great way, and that's definitely the case in all those you mentioned. Thank you!!

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