This week, Top Five Wednesday is focusing on top five character tropes. If you don’t know what a character trope is, it’s something that is overused and can sometimes feel redundant, but is something that you still love anyway.
I found this topic really tricky: most tropes annoy me to no end. However, I’ve collected five of the ones that I can appreciate – they still get written well, or there are multiple layers to the trope that can work well in the story line.
5) The absent parent trope
Whether they’ve left their child due to an inability to cope, or have died in some tragic back story, nearly every character in YA has a troubled relationship with their parents. This is one of my favourite tropes because I can relate to it, so some of the books I’ve read have meant a lot to me because I’ve been able to understand the emotions, but I also love this one because it really seems to light a fire under the protagonist and kick their ass into gear.
4) The idiotic heroine trope
3) The teenagers alone at the end of the world trope
It wouldn’t be a good dystopian novel if there were adults or parents guarding you and shielding your every move, so it needs to be a group of teenagers out in the wilderness on their own. My favourite example of this trope is probably ‘Tomorrow, When The War Began’ by John Marsden, because the teenagers all go camping and when they return the end of the world is nigh, their parents nowhere to be found. It’s a bit too constructed to be completely believable, but it works and is damn well entertaining. However, this trope does mean that if the end of the world happens, I’m going to be striking out alone – no cool YA characters hang around with their families and make sure everyone survives, duh.
2) The love triangle trope
1) The I’m in love with my best friend trope