We all have tropes in media that we just don’t like, whether it’s love triangles, a chosen one, etc. But there are stories that have these tropes that we end up enjoying. This topic really made me think of stuff I have read and seen that includes tropes that I normally don’t like, but work. So here’s 5 stories that do certain tropes right. If there’s a repeat trope, I apologize; I’m bad at these lists sometimes lol.
Now there’s a catch to this. I’m mainly talking about retellings that mainly follow the source material so closely that the book never feels original. I’ve read a few retellings that just didn’t impress me very much since they follow the original story too closely. But here’s one retelling book that does it right:
This upcoming book, coming out this month, is a retelling of the King Midas legend that focuses on his daughter instead! This story shows what happened after she was turned to gold as a child and the author turns some tropes like instalove and stuff on their heads. This is a fun adventure story about a sheltered girl with golden skin that goes on a great sea adventure.
2. Chosen One trope
While there are fantastic stories about this trope that are done right, it feels like there’s too many lately that just make this person to be a special snowflake! Nothing can hurt them, they can absorb information and magical powers better than a sponge and they get everything they want. *looks at Lunar Chronicles series* But this book did the chosen one trope very well for me:
Yep, this book turns this trope on its head and does it well. Henrietta is painted as the prophesied chosen one in this first book of a trilogy. But is she? All I’m going to say is that this trope is morphed into something pretty cool as Henrietta navigates her new powers, as well as her objective to fighting these ancient monsters. If you’re sick of this trope, try this book and watch how this trope gets a proper fix 🙂
3. “Strong Female Character”
I have honestly been sick of this over the last few years. Many books I’ve read that are supposed to have a strong female character are just girls who don’t use their brains, don’t care about consequences and are very selfish and stupid. I could list a ton of books that give this trope a bad name, but this book however gives the true meaning of this trope for me:
This book centers around Asha, who is the dragon hunter for her kingdom, determined to kill the original dragon in order to escape a forced marriage. She is also scarred for what the dragon did to her and there are people who either shun her or are afraid of her. But her journey to uncover the truth is full of emotion, vulnerability and inner strength that made me emotional. Women are so much more than being powerful; we are full of varying emotions and longings and this book captured that for me so much. I’m dying for the sequel!
4. Girl wanting to take back her kingdom trope
There’s a lot of YA books out there about a girl wanting to take back her kingdom from a ruler who basically took over her homeland. While I think one series did it well, I tried and didn’t like another book that forced that trope into the ground. But this book takes this trope and while it’s not completely original, I loved the way this trope was done.
Instead of a fantasy setting for this trope, we’re going to space! This amazing, genre bending book takes the “taking back the kingdom” trope and puts it in a space opera that has gods! This is about a girl who was sent to die in space, but survives instead and has been wanting to help her brother take back their kingdom from a ruler who took it from them. This book is full of living gods, an amazing protagonist and it’s full of originality that I can’t recommend enough.
Yep this is one that I have a lot of thoughts on. I’m actually wanting to do a discussion post about this term at some point, but that’s a different thing. Anyway, lots of people claim to hate instalove and I have been one of them on many occasions. But this amazing book did it so well that I wasn’t even mad about it:
I know there’s mixed opinions on this book, but I loved it so much. These pages held literal magic for me every time I opened to read it. This book is about Isobel, a painter who paints human emotion on the Autumn Prince’s face. She does even address her complicated feelings towards Rook, which made me respect the character. This book was atmospheric, creative, had some great lines about immortality and of course a romance that was sweet and well done 🙂
What tropes were done right for you? Do you agree with these choices? What would your answers be?