I could not have been more thrilled when Janice from Janicu’s Book Blog said she’d be willing to do a guest post for me. Her reviews are always articulate, always balanced, and she’s made me seek out more than a handful of books based on her recommendation alone. If you haven’t dropped by her blog lately, do! And now, here she is, discussing several of her favorite fictional tropes. Thanks, Janice!
When it comes to reading, there are things that automatically rub me the wrong way (TSTL heroines, so-alpha-he-is-a-jerk heroes, sex mid-battle…don’t get me started), and then there are those common themes that make me feel warm and fuzzy. When I think of my favorite tropes, I came up with the following list and examples of books that have them:
[via Cute Overload]
Animal sidekicks. The weirder the better. Give me a little Chihuahua, a demon dog, or a cat who detects explosives. As long as they aren’t too cutesy, I’m sold.
- Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre
- Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready
- Hope’s Folly by Linnea Sinclair and many other Sinclair novels
- The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Terry Hickman
- Stardoc series by S.L. Viehl
Hero admits that he was wrong.
- Pride, Prejudice, and Jasmine Field by Melissa Nathan (hero admits she scares him, hah).
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (nothing beats Darcy’s letter)
- Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (hero believes heroine to be a traitor)
[Annie Leibovitz for Vogue Magazine (via Once Upon a Blog)]
Beauty and the Beast stories.
- Beauty and Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
- Beastly by Alex Flinn
- Valient by Holly Black (sort of)
- The Sundered series by Michelle Sagara
- One of these days I’m going to try out these romances with the Beauty and the Beast theme listed here in this blog post.
[via K. Y. Craft]
Hero/heroine is thrust into a situation where they must learn local customs and diplomacy. A stranger in a strange land. A newcomer to court.
- Cast in Courtlight by Michelle Sagara (The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 2)
- Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
- Doubleblind by Ann Aguirre (Sirantha Jax , Book 3)
- A Mere Formality by Ilona Andrews (currently a free read on their site)
[via Vintage poster]
Romances where hero/heroine’s real identity is hidden.
- Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith (hero/heroine write to each other)
- Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep (hero is a superhero, heroine wants to know his real identity)
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (heroine is turned into an old woman)
- Beauty and the Beast stories could be a subset of this
I have a lot more favorite tropes, but I think I’ll stop there, I’m sure you get the general idea, and it turns out I am not good at thinking up more than a handful of books with these favorite tropes in them! (Recommendations are very welcome though).
How about you? What are your favorite (or least favorite) tropes?