This list was a lot of fun to put together. Sometimes these words give you a good idea of what a book is about — other times, they seem trite. Either way, the fantasy genre definitely suffers from overused words.
“He was attached to rivers, which he felt were designed to have water lilies on top and crocodiles underneath, and the Ankh always depressed him because if you put a water lily in it, it would dissolve.” ~ Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
“She was busy thinking about the concept of forgiveness. It was such a lovely, generous idea when it wasn't linked to something awful that needed forgiving.”
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a freebie — we decided to talk about some of our least favorite tropes. A disclaimer: we don’t think tropes or “trope-y” books are by any means bad. Tropes are just storytelling elements, and they allow us to break stories down and find intersections between them. They’re a great tool for readers and writers.
“whenever people ask me what I’d most like to change about the white working class, I say, “The feeling that our choices don’t matter.”
This list was tricky to put together because we both like to re-read, especially if we really loved the book. But thank you to That Artsy Reader Girl for the Top Ten Tuesday!