TTT #176 – Favorite Tropes

Posted August 27, 2019 by Lillian in Features / 9 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together

Happy Tuesday y’all! This week’s topic is “Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library.” I pretty much buy books in hardcover if I plan to reread them, or if I find them on sale, or if the cover is really pretty. Y’all I say this because I literally cannot think of a single book for this week’s topic. As a result, I’m going to do last week’s topic which was “Favorite Tropes.” Tropes are commonly used theme or plot devices. I personally had never really considered what tropes I enjoy until recently. I noticed a trend in what I enjoy, especially when it comes to contemporary romance, though some of it applies to fantasy/sci-fi as well. Below is a list of my favorite tropes, in no particular order. As always, covers/titles link to Blog/Goodreads/Amazon(aff).

Favorite Tropes

Soul Mate/Fate: I love this trope. Not the insta-love kind of soulmates, but the ones that are drawn to each other and slowly fall in love. You know the kind where they fit together like a puzzle piece. You can’t have one without the other. 

Second Chance at Love: One of my all-time favorite contemporary romance tropes! I love second chance love stories. Just about all the contemporaries I read have this trope. I can’t get enough of it!

Good vs. Evil: This is a classic fantasy trope, and it’s a classic because it works. I love the whole good vs. evil. I like it even more when the author explores the gray area between them and you find yourself stuck, unable to choose a side. 

Pseudo-European Medieval Setting: Just about all of YA fantasy has a pseudo-European setting, and that’s ok. I love it. I love reading a story that feels like it is set in this world, but clearly has its own culture and magic. 

Space Pirates: I love space operas, but I especially love pirates in space. Blame it on my Firefly obsession, but I can’t get enough of this trope. 

Parallel Worlds: I really like this trope. I like the different worlds, and I especially like it when the author explores how those different worlds affect the characters.

AI Uprisings: This is a relatively new trope for me. But my sci-fi heart is in love with it! iRobot has nothing on these. And y’all for the most part these AI aren’t necessarily uprising so much as just asserting their independence 😉

Dystopian Governments: My first love. I’m obsessed with dystopias and have been since I read Matched years ago. It’s interesting reading the different ways these governments come about. Here are a few of my favorites:

After the Apocalypse: In addition to dystopias, I’m in love with post-apocalyptic books. I can’t get enough of them! I like the resilence of the human race, and I especially enjoy reading different authors’ views of what will cause the apocalypse.

Time Travel: Last but certainly not least is time travel. This trope is one of my favorite sci-fi, and typically it crosses over with one or more of the above tropes. I like the time travel that goes back or forward. Really it doesn’t matter to me, it’s just fun!

Your Turn! What are your favorite tropes? Any recommendations for me? Share below

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9 responses to “TTT #176 – Favorite Tropes

  1. Yeah…I initially was struggling with this topic myself. As I buy all my books 90% of the time! It’s rare when I receive a book from a publisher and it’s a finished copy! If it’s an ARC, I’m still likely to buy the final copy if it was a winner–and 95% of them are winners! Lol. Maybe even 97%…

    But then I realized I had at least 10 if not more books I read that I still need copies of…though if you’ve already stopped by you know I’m kind of stretching that truth, but truth it is!!! Lol.

    Great tropes too! I agree with these as well, though with the space like setting it’s a little more hit or miss, but I’ve been finding good ones lately, so maybe my days of “miss” are over now!

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  2. I had a hard time with this topic, too, because really I just want to own ALL THE BOOKS. I went with a twist on the prompt instead.

    I’m with you — even after reading dozens of them, I love dystopian/post-apocalyptic books. I also enjoy a good second chance romance. Also, good vs. evil because that’s just a classic setup that always resonates with me.

    Happy TTT!

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