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In literary terms, a trope is a story device or character trait that is so often utilized in the genre that it is considered conventional. How the author spins that trope is where the magic is.
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Tropes are wonderful. They give you a sense of comfort. You already know what’s going to happen. Now you get to sit back and watch it. I’m listing my favorite tropes and the books that do them best.
Set in a small town or close community.
I grew up in Philly. It’s a big city. But I also grew up in South Philly. Everyone knew everyone. They knew your mom and dad. They knew your grandparents. There was also that one person who was the “mayor” of the block who watched over everything.
That’s why I love the Murder, She Wrote series. Even if Jessica isn’t home, her friends still call her and give her updates on the goings on. Everyone knows Jessica in and out of town but Cabot Cove is her safe space and I love it so much.
The location is somewhere you’d want to live or vacation in. Consider the cozy mysteries. Don’t you think to yourself, “It’s so gorgeous there, so wonderful and welcoming” as you read those? I do. And that’s why this is one of my favorites.
Quirky and loveable main character.
The primary characters should be likable, imperfect, or odd in a manner that makes the reader care about them. The supporting cast should be memorable and interesting.
Simply said, I do not want to read about perfect people with perfect lives. I’m weird. I have weird friends. I want a main character I can relate to. That’s why I love the Coffeehouse Mystery Series by Cleo Coyle. Clare Cosi is absolutely my kind of character. She’s smart but sometimes her heart speaks louder than her brain. She’s devoted to her kid and her business. And her mother in law is the classiest broad and I wish she were real because I just want to shake her hand. I love Esther and her slam poetry but also her commitment to youth literacy. I love Tuck and his theatrical self. Like, why can’t they be real? These are totally my kind of people. I would hang out the Village Blend all the time.
Slow burn and secret romance.
I love a good romantic subplot. I also love when that blooming romance is something that shouldn’t be happening. I love the honesty and purity that comes from the characters in those stolen moments of happiness. You can see them at peace in turbulent times. Seeing their person is the one bright spot in the night.
That’s why I love The Savior’s Series by Jenna Moreci. But Jennaaaaaaaaa when are you releasing the Savior’s Army??? Anyway. Spoiler alert. Can we take a moment to just swoon over Tobias and Leila’s love affair? Like, my dude does all the things wrong and she still loves him. This isn’t exactly an enemies to lovers trope but they most certainly did not start off as friends. And yet, something about each other opens them up and it’s just so beautiful. Jenna nails this one.
The bad guy loses.
Because he should. This guy sucks so much on so many levels. Why should he win? He shouldn’t. Because he’s the antagonist; not the protagonist. So, there.
Spoiler alert. A great example is when Voldemort believes he’s the master of the Elder Wand, but it’s really Harry who’s the master of the Elder Wand, he kills himself with his own spell in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
There you have them. Some of my favorite tropes to read. What are yours? Let me know in the comments. I’ll check out the books you mention too. Again, if you like what I post, please like, comment, share, and subscribe. Please consider donating to help keep this going. $1 and I’ll ask you what your favorite book is so we can talk about it. $5 and I’ll write a review of a book you suggest. $10 and I’ll write a blog suggested by you. If you read any of the books listed, please let me know what you thought of it. That’s all I’ve got for today, train wrecks. All aboard.
To help you get through your TBR, I’m including a printable bookmark. Just print it on cardstock. You can laminate it, it you like. Hope you enjoy.
The holidays are coming. And the last thing you need to worry about is more work. I mean, it’s hard enough keeping everyone in your family clean and fed and healthy. This looks like it can help out in the kitchen and at least make one of those a little easier.