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
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
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
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
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!