Let’s Talk Bookish – Cliches and Tropes

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! I thought I would start partaking in another bookish meme; this one is Let’s Talk Bookish. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is cliches and tropes.

Cliches and tropes are something that I occasionally enjoy within the books that I read, especially if they are done well. I think that they can add something to the plot, and mean that the plot moves along at a reasonable pace, rather than getting stuck. However, there are some tropes and cliches that I don’t like.

Can cliches and tropes be done well?

I think that cliches and tropes can be done well, especially if the author brings something new to the trope that has not been written before. It also helps if the plot is interesting enough that the reader doesn’t even notice that the trope is being used. I will often see that a trope has been used, which I didn’t notice when I was reading.

When is something a trope and when is it a cliche?

I almost think that there isn’t really a difference between a trope and a cliche. I believe that something only becomes a cliche when used so often that no more original ideas come out. So I think that all tropes can eventually become cliche and there is nothing wrong with that. As readers, we all like to move on to the next exciting thing, so things quickly become a cliche, especially with the number of books that we all read within a year.

When do you enjoy cliches or tropes, and when do you not?

I enjoy cliche’s and tropes when they are done well. The majority of my favourite books will have some tropes, and I really don’t mind. I am mainly more of a fan of a character-driven trope than a plot-driven trope because I think there is more that you can do with plot than with characters. Plus, I like a specific type of character, which really draws me into the book so most of my favourite characters will be based on tropes. Some of my favourite tropes are ‘here comes the cavalry’ and ‘enemies-to-lovers romance’. And I will actively search out books that I have these tropes in them. What I don’t like from tropes and cliches is when I can clearly see the trope. I’m not too fond of it when the plot has been almost written to a script rather than adding some twist to the trope. But that is just my personal preference.

How much do cliches/tropes affect your overall opinion of a book?

Overall, I don’t think that cliches and tropes affect my opinion of a book because they are tied to the rest of the book. If I don’t like the tropes it will be related to something else, be that the writing or the plot. So it is not solely the tropes/cliches that make me dislike a book, it will be all the factors combined. But if a book has some amazing tropes that I really enjoyed, it will make me love the book even more, and find more books with the same tropes.

What do you think about tropes and cliches in books? Let me know in the comments below.

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Cliches and Tropes

  1. Great discussion!
    I think every trope can be done well,depending on the authors take on it!



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