We all love a good literary trope! I know a lot of people like to make fun of the tropes that are in books but everyone has at least one that they can’t resist when the find out it’s in the story. Personally my favorite is the “Here comes the Cavalry” trope (When all seems lost and everything is about to be over, but wait! Here cleverly layered plot point from a few chapters back to save the day!) I found this tag on Bookishly Brittnee’s page and I’m excited to give it a go!
What’s your favorite trope?
Hopelessly Devoted : Name two characters from separate series that you ship
This was a really hard question. I sat for a long time thinking about how to answer this. My final decision was Isobel from An Enchantment of Ravens with Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts. I just feel like they would be cute together! I think Isobel would have fun painting all of Newt’s magical creatures.
I also thought of a good friendship Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes. I’m not sure if this would be insane or wonderful but I feel like their would be a flurry of awkard conversation and deductions.
Damsel in Distress : Name a female MC who didn’t need a man to complete her
Vasya from The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Vasya is a wonderfully independent and free spirited young woman. I love how confident the main character is in a world that tells her she should be something else. She is proud of who she is and saves the world. There is a romance later in the series but the main focus of the series is not on the romance but I did enjoy watching their occasional interaction.
Love at first sight : Name your OTP
Shallan and Adolin from The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
These two are easily my all time favorite couple to read about in all the books I’ve read. Every time they grace the page I get really excited and get the biggest smile on my face. They are just so cute together!!!!!!!!
Mental Illness as a Quirk : Name a book that represented mental illness well
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
This book had me close to tears because it showed some of my experiences with anxiety so well. Although I am not facing the extremely high stakes the character is experiencing the symptoms that present are ones I’ve dealt with before and no one ever shows anxiety that way.
Chosen One : Name a MC that did (or almost did) ruin a series for you
Paige Mahoney from The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I really struggled with the main character because I felt she kept making the wrong choices. She fell in love with someone who was basically keeping her captive and I got a little weirded out by that.
Friends to Lovers : Name a duo that went from friendship goals to relationship goals
Kady and Ezra from the Illuminae Files
I’m going to answer this one with a couple I haven’t mentioned yet. Honestly Kady and Ezra could probably be considered one of my OTPs because they have great chemistry. I didn’t expect to love the two characters as much as I did and they were my favorite throughout the Illuminae Files series.
Amnesia : Name a book you would forget for one reason or another
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
The parts I read of this book were good but it extremely dark. There were some really harsh and terrifying descriptions in the book of violence to women and I wish I could forget those descriptions. It was pretty triggering and I don’t recommend reading it lightly. It was so difficult for me to read at times that I had to put it down because it was just too much for me.
Bad Boys : Name your favorite villain
Loki from The Avengers
I’m going to break pattern for this and answer with a movie villain. I love Loki in the Avengers series and I think Tom Hiddleston does a great job of playing a complex villain. You never really know if you should trust him or not and I think that shows the strength of a good actor.
Missing Parents or Adults : Name a book that could have benefited from a bit of
parental guidance or adult supervision
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I felt the characters in this series needed a little more parental intervention because they needed to make slightly better choices when faced with their impossible task.