Thursday discussion: least favourite tropes

Happy Thursday, everyone! Welcome to this week’s Thursday Discussion. Essentially, this is a biweekly meme where you write a post based on the prompt for that week. The post can be as long or as short as you want, and you can talk about as much or as little as you want. Visit this page for the upcoming topics! It happens every other week, and I generally post the topics a month(ish) in advance.

This week the topic is least favourite tropes. There are some tropes that are great, and other tropes that are less great, so today we’re talking about the not-so-great tropes.

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~*~not like other girls~*~: I’m very much not a fan of when female characters think they’re better than other girls for some superficial reason. Okay, we get it, you don’t like makeup. That’s fine, but it doesn’t make you superior to the girl who does like makeup. Let’s move on, please. I don’t mind if female characters feel not like other girls for some actual reason. For example, in Slide by Jill Hathaway, the main character definitely felt that way, but it was because she had a bad falling out and a lot of tension with the popular girls, so it made sense.


Insta-love: please, YA authors, can we please allow our couples to spend time falling in love? Please? Thanks.

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Miscommunication as the only form of conflict: if every conflict or tension could be resolved through a simple conversation

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Sorry, I don’t make the rules. Please add some actual conflict, or at least have the characters have an actual conversation at some point.


Absent parents: especially in YA fantasy/dystopian. I feel like we’ve had enough books with dead or estranged parents that we can move on now.

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So those are some of my least favourite tropes. What about you? Do you dislike any of these? What are your least favourite tropes? Let me know!

Ally xx

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23 thoughts on “Thursday discussion: least favourite tropes

  1. Insta- love drives me crazy! It’ll make me put a good book down 🙈 There’s no excuse for not building up the romance a bit. great discussion post! I’ve never done one before but the topic seems interesting so I’ll check the others out 😊 Jen

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  2. All of these make me want to claw my eyeballs out … okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but the intention still stands. Haha. I especially don’t like the “not like other girls” trope and absent parents. It’s honestly so frustrating how these tropes are executed the same way across so many stories. *sigh* Great list, Ally! ❤

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  3. In romance, I’m pretty much over the playboy billionaire trope. As with any trope I typically don’t like, there are always exceptions to the rule, but these days, as soon as the synopsis mentions a billionaire playboy, I’m out.

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