I’m back again doing this meme after a while and I’m already excited. A couple years ago, I didn’t even know what tropes meant and the significance they have in terms of plotting and writing style. And what a surprise that I not only know what tropes are now, I also have my own favorites and I can’t wait to share them all with you. The list below is not in any particular order and I really love them all equally.
Best Friends to Lovers
This is definitely my favorite of all tropes and I just love the development of a romance between two people who already know each other very well. Him is always gonna be my favorite and I have yet to find another that I can connect to so emotionally. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is another book which showcases the development of both the friendship and then love, which I really enjoyed reading.
Enemies to Friends to Lovers
This is one trope everyone seems to adore across the community. And while I’m not always a fan because I need a bit more convincing, it can be an amazing trope when written well. Captive Prince will always have my heart because it has the best slow burn and a true enemies to lovers relationship. The Wrath and the Dawn also has a special place in my heart because it is beautifully angsty and restored my faith in the romance genre. The Risk doesn’t have a pronounced enemies dynamic but it’s still a very enjoyable swoony romance. And as a sports romance lover, Heated Rivalry is one of a kind because it has a very intense rivalry on the ice but a beautiful and sensitive friendship/love development off of it.
Another one of my favorite tropes is found family because I really connect with friends being almost like a family. As someone without any siblings, it’s always been my friends who I’ve been closest to, so this trope is very close to my heart. Six of Crows is obviously my top favorite because there is no fictional friend group I care about more than these adorable dregs. The Candle and the Flame is another recent book which I thought did a great job showcasing the importance and beauty of found families and sisterhood.
I know I know… many of you hate this trope. But a love triangle that is written well and makes sense can be very very emotional to read. And the first thing that comes to mind will always be The Infernal Devices because it’s just perfection. I can still think of the epilogue in the finale and sob like a baby. Another favorite one is the Remnant Chronicles, even though I was only rooting for one couple from the beginning. But it’s still very well written with lots of angst.
Magical Schools or Training Academies
I mean who doesn’t like a magical school, especially after reading the Harry Potter. They are always an absolute delight to read and makes me feel upset because I never will get a chance to attend one 😉 Another one which is reminiscent of Hogwarts in a way but is absolutely very different too is Red Church in Nevernight. Its definitely much darker but their training was so fascinating to read. I also really enjoyed the concept of training assassin nuns in Red Sister even though I didn’t really connect with the plot itself.
Fake Daking or Marriage of Convenience
These are such fun to read because we know that the couple is going to get together at the end anyways, but having them fight their feelings is just amusing. I love the complete Fake Boyfriend series by Eden Finley but my favorite is Deke because both Ollie and Lennon are very sweet and adorable. And I can’t not mention The Duchess Deal because it has the best marriage of convenience trope I’ve read till date and it being a historical (which I don’t read a lot) makes it all the more interesting.
Quests or Heists
Quests are always fun because it’s like a different version of the quintessential Hero’s journey and one of my recent favorites is Shadow of the Fox. The quest is both physical and metaphorical because the characters are on a journey to find themselves and also to fulfil their responsibilites. Heists on the other hand are very intense because we never know what’s going to happen to our beloved characters and if they’ll ever succeed at the heist. One of the recent books with this trope was The Gilded Wolves and it almost feels like the heists will continue in the sequel as well. And obviously any quest or heist list is incomplete without Six of Crows. It’s just the best.
Chosen One is probably the most common and overused trope in fantasy and we all have so many favorites. Even though many complain that it’s getting boring now, I love that more POC authors are writing fantasy with popular tropes these days and my favorite chosen one stories now are A Spark of White Fire and Aru Shah and the End of Time. It’s always a delight to see books that are based on the Mahabharata.
Sharing a Single Bed
Now this is a very niche trope that only genre romance lovers will understand and it’s always so much fun to read about two characters who are in denial of their feelings having to share a bed, trying to stay away from each other but eventually end up together by the morning. Two very recent reads that had this trope and I had fun reading them were The Unhoneymooners and Destiny for Love Arranged.
Talking Animals or Artifacts
This is a trope that can get a bit cheesy but if done well, can be a lot of fun. One of my absolute favorites is Clef from Foundryside who is a magical key, but I was so emotionally invested with the character and was weeping towards the end. On the other hand, two talking animals who I had a lot of fun reading about are Kiki the horse from Magic Study and Mr. Kindly the shadow cat from Nevernight.
Are any of these your favorite tropes too? Do you have other favorite books which have these tropes? Please share with me so I can add them all to my TBR…. And also let me know other favorite tropes of yours..!!!!