AKA me just being petty and ranting about minor things
Today’s post is a bit of a mini discussion! Today we’re going to be talking about really specific tropes in books and movies and TV shows that bug me. I don’t even really think these could be considered tropes. They’re more just things that happen every so often but often enough that they bug me. Sometimes I just want to complain about petty, unimportant things, you feel?
The artist who wears black with turquoise and silver jewellery
Please tell me I’m not the only person who’s noticed this. Literally any artistic woman in a YA novel is described as wearing black (usually with boots) and silver jewellery with turquoise. Always!!!!! Why!!! Is that what artists wear???? If I wear all black with turquoise and silver jewellery, will people assume I’m an artist??? Can any artists confirm?
When characters casually play music and sing along
I don’t mean like they play music in the car and sing along, or they’re at a party and sing along, because most people do that. But when a character is in their room and they casually play a song and start singing along. No one does that.
Like, recently in Sierra Burgess (this is only one of the issues I have with it), Sierra plays music around Veronica while they’re studying and starts singing along and Veronica is like “omg you’re amazing.” But like, no one actually does that. No one (especially someone with anxiety) would just randomly start singing when other people are around. Like ?????????
I recently read a fanfic where the main character was like “yeah I sing when I get anxious” but she was like singing (like full-on singing) in the garden of this major party and like, no one with anxiety would ever do that because the reaction of most people wouldn’t be “omg you’re amazing,” it would be “wtf why is that random person singing” or “please stop singing in public” or “pls don’t show-off.” I just!! don’t!!! understand!!!
Bonus: “this silly “sexual attraction” thing people keep bullshitting me about” — my asexual friend, when I asked her what ultra-specific trope bugged her.
So there are the two ultra-specific tropes that bug me in books and such. Have you noticed any of these? Are there any that bug you? If you’re an artist, can you confirm that you always wear black with silver and turquoise jewellery?
Thanks for reading! xxx