The Chosen One
Sure, I love Harry Potter. It’s been my favourite book series for nearly 20 years, but I think once you’ve read one “chosen one” book, you’ve read them all.
The clumsy, awkward girl
Last week, one of my favourite tropes was the socially awkward, brooding person (particularly in detective and crime novels!) But I don’t like the clumsy girl trope. I’m not sure I’ve ever come across someone in real life whose defining characteristic is that they are clumsy, so why is this such a big thing in books?
Falling in love with an unnoticed character
When I read the Hunger Games for the first time, I was really rooting for Katniss to be with Gale. The storyline with Peeta made no sense to me, because Katniss never noticed him before the games and then this unnatural romance happened. It seems in a lot of (particularly YA) romantic novels that the lead character falls in love with someone that’s been in the background for years but you’ve never seen. Just a bit unrealistic.
The Love Triangle
The ugly girl who turns beautiful
This seems to happen more with films than books, but I hate it when the girl in the story is seen as not being attractive and then some kind, well-meaning individual gives them a makeover. Suddenly everyone wants to be their friend, and the hottest guy wants them as his girlfriend. What message does that send to young girls?