Thursday, December 14, 2017

Changing Tastes and Tropes I'm Over

It happens to everyone, as we get older our likes and dislikes change. It's not a bad thing and it doesn't mean that the things we are now losing interest in are any less good then when we loved them. 

I'm sure you know where I'm going with this. I'm slowly getting out of YA. Don't get me wrong, I still love YA with all my heart. It's my go to when I enter a bookstore but I'm starting to branch out. I'm learning more toward NA or even just Adult. The main reason, YA is changing in my eyes, it used to be the only kind of books I'd read, now I've found myself looking away from them. 

I feel like I've trapped myself in this little bubble of YA while there is so freaking much more to read out there. So I'm not quitting YA but it's not all I'll be reading anymore.

Everything has to evolve, nothing stays the same. It's just not how the world works. Maybe I'm just starting to 'outgrow' YA. I am not longer the target audience for it. They say it's 15-25 and I'm now 25. I feel so old saying that and I've no idea why, 25 is not old at all. Anyway... the point is, I just wanted to talk about some of the things I dislike about YA. 

The tropes. Every single YA novel has at least one troupe and that's not a bad thing. It's just some troupes I don't like. Insta-love, no way. I hate it. There is no such thing as love at first sight. Lust at first sight, hell yeah, totally a real thing but not love. You can't love someone you don't even know. 

Mary Sue. I'm so sick of the MC in the story being great at everything on their first try, even though they have no idea what they doing but they are freaking amazing at it! Where's the struggle? It's so hard to connect to a character that is amazing at everything because, no one is great at everything. We have strengths and weaknesses. 

Now, this one kinda ties into the love triangle trope which I actually love. Though most love triangles feature two great guys and the most boring girl in the world. Seriously, why on Earth would two awesome guys be fighting for someone so boring? One of my favorite love triangles is in The Infernal Devices. Because I feel like Tessa isn't bland at all. 

There are more, I could go on and on. 

So what about you? Are there tropes you hate? Let me know below and as always butterflies, have a great day!