This meme is hosted by the lovely Shanah from Bionic Book Worm and she comes up with these amazing topics for each Tuesday all year round. 🙂 And God, how I love this week’s topic. In fact, I scheduled a post similar to this that I don’t know what happened, it isn’t published yet. Anyway, thanks Shanah for this topic.
So TROPES. I’m sure most of us have heard this term around. This term is used not only in bookish communities but in nearly everything as long as there’s a concept being used. Because that’s exactly what Trope is, a concept, a theme. In books or films, trope is NOT exactly the whole plot theme, but it’s a part of it. And I used to confuse cliche with tropes. Like when I hear tropes, I think of a cliche right away. Then I realized, a trope is not necessarily a cliche especially if it’s written right. But a cliche is a trope that’s been overused already. But really the secret with tropes is that as long as IT’s DONE RIGHT.
1.) One for All, All for One Trope
Maybe I made this one up. This is basically a group of people with obvious individual differences who for some reason need to work together and then all throughout the story form a bond just because they all went through hard stuffs together. This is one of my favorite tropes. I’m a trash for unexpected relationship/bonds between characters who initially don’t care what happens to each other. And I think this trope can be called as ‘Found Family Trope’ too. And this aalso works in a couple.
Need I say more? God, this IS my favorite. And this is also one of the most popular tropes these days. Antiheroes are protagonists who lack the usual heroic characteristics. Best example is Six of Crows. Jesus Christ!!! If you love antiheroes, read that Duology. Dracula, Picture of Dorian Gray, Lolita are some of the best examples. They’re the characters you’re not supposed to love or care for, but you do anyway. In films, Suicide Squad and V for Vendetta are perfect examples. Though V for Vendetta is I think a book too. Is it? I only watched the film.
I don’t know if this is the exact name for this. But these are the phrases only the ones who read the book will understand. Opening lines of books can be Catchphrases too. Examples are all the spells in Harry Potter Series because they’re all memorable. But they’re not the perfect examples. I found some perfect ones:
♥ No mourners, No Funerals (Six of Crows)
♥ May the odds be ever in your favour (Hunger Games)
♥ Okay? Okay. (The Fault in our Stars)
I think you get it. 🙂 🙂 I love books that have this kind of phrases. It makes them even more memorable aside from the story. 🙂
4.) Marriage for Convenience/Pretend/Fake Relationship
These two are almost the same, only the latter isn’t necessarily thru marriage. This trope is one of the OLDEST tropes. This is in fact one of the cliches. Overused and abused. But if done right? Oh I’m all for it. I eat this sh*t. Seriously, who doesn’t like following a romance between two people who are supposed to be just faking it but ended up doing it for real.
God, I can give you a thousand example for this trope. Both from films and literature. I just read Roomies by Christina Lauren and that’s a perfect example. Also the book and the adaptation that you all loved: To all The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Yep, that’s a perfect example.
5.) Friends/Enemies to Lovers or SlowBurn Romance
In short NOT A FREAKIN’ INSTA-LOVE!!!
Friends to lovers? Enemies to Lovers? They’re both slow burn so I just squeezed them together. Though SlowBurn isn’t necessarily about friends or enemies ending up together. Slow Burn can be about two people who take a long time to have an HEA. I recently discovered Mariana Zapata and she is the queen of Slow Burn. Well, next to Jane Austen because let’s not forget about P&P.
I don’t know about you but I find it so sweet when people who takes it slow when it comes to love. It’s not rushed. The build up is my favorite part and teasing not only between the two MCs but the way the story teases me, the reader. Like I think they’re going to kiss already but no, not yet. But I know their affections/love /feelings grew, there’s a development because the two MCs both looked at each other’s lips and then their eyes met.
Okay, truth is I still have at least a hundred tropes in my mind that I really love but I’m gonna stop now. hehe.
Now it’s your turn, what’s your favorite trope? A trope you just can’t get enough? What do you think of the tropes I mentioned? Any recommendations on these tropes?