Saturday, March 24

Stuff That Positively Pisses Me Off In Books


Hello friends, today's post is a little bit ranty, a little bit negative, but ALL kinds of relatable (I hope?) if you also dislike some of these things. So go ahead, continue reading if you're up for a good moan about cringe-worthy slash annoying tropes in books. 




TEACHER + STUDENT RELATIONSHIP

To be fair - I was a huge fan of the first couple of seasons of Pretty Little Liars, and a massive Ezria shipper*. I thought they were adorable together, and nothing and no one had the right to stand in the way of their love. I was positively outraged Aria's parents were not in support of their relationship. I mean, why wouldn't you support your under-aged daughter dating her ex-teacher?? STILL A MYSTERY. 



But for real, I used to think that teacher-student relationships were cute. Which, tbh, is mildly disturbing at best. Now that I'm older and wiser (lol, for sure, I'm both those things), the only thought I have of such relationships is ew. I mean, THE POWER-DYNAMICS are all off!! A teacher student relationship is the farthest thing I can imagine from equal, and triple yikes if the student is a minor. So any book that romanticizes this gets a big fat no from me.

*For those of you who don't know - Aria is a high school student, while Ezra teacher literature there. They hook up before he is revealed to be a teacher, and their relationship is kind of on and off after the reveal.



OVER-DESCRIBED FIGHT-SCENES IN FIRST PERSON

First of all, I'm not one to over-analyze the writing, I might comment on it if it is other-worldly good, OR totally horrid, otherwise, chances are, I won't even mention it. BUT illogically written scenes drive me up the freaking wall. I'm also not trying to be a dick here. I do understand that writing is hard, I'm not even going to mention any examples by name, but here is what I mean:

Imagine that you are reading a book that is in first person point of view, narrated by the main character. However, they are not on their own, they have a loyal and lovely group of friends with them at all times. WHICH IS SO COOL, RIGHT? But then their merry group is attacked!! They are all fighting!! Yet, the narrator is magically able to not only fight for their own life, but also give us a totally freaking accurate and detailed account of what is happening with the others. Hahaha, nope, that is NOT a thing. 

Come on, don't tell me that someone literally fighting off various enemies is able to also pay attention to what is going on with like, five other friends, and be like, "Friend A was hit in the head, but instead of going down, they are fighting on! Friend B is not so lucky, they were just stabbed! ALSO, I AM FIGHTING, TOO!" Like, no. That's unbelievable and so very annoying, and I had massively good books doing this. I'm unable to take these fight scenes seriously, and there are few things worse than laughing at a life-or-death fight scene. 


GIRL ON GIRL HATE

No, I don't believe that all girls HAVE TO be friends and love each other, BUT casual slut-shaming, body-shaming and the likes should freaking die out. And don't even get me started on the whole "let the female characters hate on each other for the sake of drama" thing, because it is so very tiring to read about. Obviously, there are likely people you dislike for valid reasons, and some of them are girls, but that is entirely different story altogether.


CHARACTERS FIGHTING TO SAVE THE WORLD JUST BECAUSE


THIS TROPE MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER!! Imagine that, as a teenager, you wake up one day, and then sometime in the day you learn that you have to save the world because of a prophecy/special ability you have/other silly shit. I'm just... no. Give me characters who are fighting to save their friends, their family, THEMSELVES (because that is so rare, as well??? I just want a character passionate about saving their own ass), and leave the "whole world" out of it. Eh. 


MALE CHARACTERS CONSTANTLY SAVING THE FEMALE CHARACTERS, BUT NOT VICE VERSA

OBVIOUSLY, it is totally fine to have the characters saving each other, that's lovely! But, there are two variations of this that I just cannot with: (1) where it is always the male character saving the female, (2) where a male character gets all frustrated, because a! woman! saved! him! what! happens! now! I mean, give me an effing break (and throw him back into the situation which he was saved from).



QUESTION TIME

Do these tropes make you angry, as well? No? THAT'S FINE! Tell me why you enjoy them! What other tropes do you hate? SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!

18 comments:

  1. I totally understand the teacher student relationship one! I partly stopped watching PLL because of that storyline. It’s gross, it’s wrong, and it gets romanticized too often!

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    1. Yes! I don't even get why it got to be such a popular trope yikes.

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  2. I hate teacher+student relationship (even when the character is in Uni) and how romanticise those are. Like, for christ's sake, IT'S ILLEGAL! and not only that, both might be super mature but the teacher/professor will always be in a possition of power over the student.
    The girl on girl is also one I hate. There is no need to keep with the whole trope of women dragging other women down. It's not healthy. Authors should stop doing that, even femalesn authors... they should know better.
    I hate the insta-love trope as well as the love triangle. I don't read much YA anymore so I don't know if they keep doing those two as much as they used to but I hate them with a passion.

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    1. Argh, yes, uni is so wrong, as well!! I mean, at least, in uni, most characters aren't minors, BUT STILL, the power imbalance is MASSIVE.
      God, girl on girl hate is the worst, and such a tired trope? But still, I see it in books, just super-casually thrown in, and I do wonder how an earth authors don't see how damaging it is to showcase that nasty attitude to young readers.
      Hmm, maybe not as much? Or, perhaps, I've just been reading the right books, idk haha.

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  3. OMG, YES to all of these. I get annoyed by lots of things in books. Lately I’ve been annoyed by rape being used as a plot twist or big reveal. Just . . . no. I’m over it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. NO, THAT IS THE WORST. I'm not sure if you read Caraval, but I was so incredibly bothered by the way sexual assault was thrown in as a plot twist. Yikes.

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  4. Me while going through my feeds:
    "Look! A rant! Nobody does rants like Vera! 😃" *hurries to read*

    LOL, seriously. I pretty much subscribe all you said, except the one about fight scenes...I mean, I understand where you're coming from, but I usually don't mind them - someone has to tell us what's happening, so I suppose I adopt a suspension-of-disbelief stance about them. The one about saving the world...well, for starters, it's been done to death - the whole chosen-one trope - and besides, I hear you...it would be nice to have the main character fighting for their family and friends, and of course for THEMSELVES, duh. ("I just want a character passionate about saving their own ass" 😂). As for the other tropes you mention...BIG NOPE. Enough said - you said it all 🙌.

    Like Noelia above, I hate insta-love and love triangles with a passion - and not just because I usually try to stay away from the whole romance thing. A couple of times I've found them tolerable because the book as a whole was good and didn't revolve around them, but usually I'm like: 🤢. And don't let me start on the whole gorgeous-but-arrogant-new-boy-at-school/next-door trope.

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    1. Ahaha, I'm glad you think I'm a master of ranting. :P

      Oh well, yes, "suspension-of-disbelief" sounds like the right thing to do if you love the book otherwise. To be honest, I don't think I've ever rated a book down for this trope, even if it bothers me. Exactly! The chosen one trope is so over-used and booooring! I know some people still love it, but def not me.

      Oh yes, insta-love and love triangles are BAD. I know some people genuinely believe in insta-love, though, so I'm more forgiving of those, but love triangles are a huge nope. AND THAT "GORGEOUS BUT ARROGANT..." IS THE WORST.

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  5. Yes! All of these!! The student-teacher relationship thing is also something I loved when I was younger, but once I got older, it became more and more disturbing. Now, when I rewatch PLL, I can't stand Ezria (for the record, I also HATE Spoby with a passion but that's an unrelated issue). I was so, so rooting for Aria's relationship with Liam to work out but OF COURSE she runs back to Ezra.

    The fight scenes are also something that really annoys me. Fighting is really chaotic and I'd rather not have too many details about what every single character is doing. I think the only things that are really important are including when characters get injured and that's it.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Ugh, I gave up on PLL, but I know Ezria sailed, so ugh, that sucks, big time. (Why do you hate Spoby? I gave up on the show too soon haha, IDK what their relationship was like, but I'm CURIOUS.)

      Yes to what you said about fight scenes. Also, in some cases, when the fight scenes are TRULY hectic, I could totally roll with the narrator only realizing who got hurt and how AFTER the fight scene is finished. Because I don't suppose someone would have such a high awareness of how their partners are doing.

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  6. I'm laughing so hard that you decided to post this right now. I have a queued post about my bookish pet peeves that is going to come out soon. And yes, I totally agree with these. Just to add to your point about girls saving boys and them freaking out, I also hate it when the girl saves the guy and he spends the rest of the book being passive-aggressive about it to seem macho and then randomly declares he is in love with her at the end.

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    1. Omg, I cannot wait for your post, esp because it seems we have pretty similar opinions about these things. Argh, seriously, that trope should D I E! ESPECIALLY when it's used in a way that makes the guy seem "hot" in the heroine's eyes, yikes.

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  7. Oh I absolutely loved this list! Girl on girl hate gets to me too - I'm way past all that. I haven't read too many student teacher relationships myself but I think it's pretty much all wrong and would creep me out majorly... I don't think I could enjoy reading that kind of book. I'm not for the damsel in distress situations either. Balance is good!

    My blog: http://oliviascatastrophe.com/

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    1. Argh, girl on girl hate is THE WORST basically. I tell you, I've never seen as much of it IRL than in some books. And, on that note, the evil ex-gf trope is AWFUL, as well. Yep, teacher + student relationships are so so wrong... IDEK why it ever became a "trope" ew.

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  8. I am ok with most things in books, if the author does it well and it serves a purpose in the story. The only one that is a definite NO from me is teacher-student relationship (in YA). I was a teacher for 12 years, and it's just something that leave a bad taste in my mouth.

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    1. That's so true though - I am annoyed by these things, BUT if the author does them well? I probably wouldn't complain - with the exception of teacher+student AND pointless girl on girl hate. But ugh, I'd expect that such relationships bother you even more then. :| Thank god it's not really a trope authors use anymore.

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  9. I'm not a fan of the student/teacher relationship either. I just think of all the stories on tv where it goes horribly wrong and nope.

    I don't see as much girl on girl hate anymore. I think most people (including authors) are over it. Not everyone gets along of course but it's an incredibly overused plot device and usually adds nothing to the story.

    I get tired of fights scenes that go on and on and no one really gets hurt. Paranormal is one hting - but humans can't keep going like that lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Yes, true, they rarely have a good ending, and there's usually SO MUCH DRAMA ugh.

      I don't see it much either!! And that makes me so happy, but whenever I encounter it surprises the heck out of me that some authors still thinks it's a necessary/good device to use!? Like you said, we're over it.

      Same! It's VERY unbelievable when the human characters face fight after fight, and yet, neither of them gets hurt badly..

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