Thoughtful Thursday: Favorite Literary Tropes

Thoughtful Thursday
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What are some of your favorite literary tropes?

I know that we all get a bit frustrated when the same literary tropes (common motifs used in books) get used again and again. At the same time, there are some tropes that I love to pieces, and I would read a book if the book blurb promised me a beloved literary trope. I have been reading a lot of books recently with some of my favorite literary tropes, so I thought I would share some of them with you.

  • Modern-day, contemporary character travels to a fantastical world: I would love to visit a fantasy realm (maybe not Westeros from Song of Ice and Fire), so I eat books up that use this trope.
    • Examples: Harry Potter series by JK Rowling and The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • Feisty heroine who bucks the system: I live vicariously though strong female characters who are quick witted and can banter with the best of them.
    • Examples: Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger and Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C Wrede
  • Criminal protagonists: I love cheering for the villain, especially when the villain is pulling off a heist.
    • Examples: The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton and Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch
  • Secret/magical boarding schools: I think secret/magical boarding schools are fabulous, and I always wanted to attend one.
    • Examples: Finishing School series by Gail Carriger and Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • Unreliable narrators: When an unreliable narrator is written well, s/he can really make a story more intriguing/mysterious/thrilling!
    • Examples: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Now it is your turn! What are some of your favorite literary tropes?

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