Top Ten Favourite Tropes

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Top Ten Favourite Tropes

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A trope is a commonly used theme or plot device. To learn more about tropes, I recommend visiting However, be prapred to lose several hours of your day perusing this site: you have been warned.

My favourite tropes in books are:

  1. Enemies to lovers
  2. Action Girls
  3. Chekhov’s Gun
  4. Anti-villain/ reformed bad guy or ‘heel-face turn’
  5. I don’t know what this trope is called, but it’s about a person, possibly evil, who gets jealous when the lover they spurn gets over them and doesn’t stand there and wring their hands over being rejected (any genders involved).
  6. Even Evil Has Standards
  7. Talking animal/shapeshifter companions
  8. Mean Girls (I love a good book about the fall/comeuppance of typical mean girls)
  9. Elemental-based magical powers
  10. Reverse beauty and the beast where the guy is the beauty OR the girl is the beast)

Do you recognise any of these tropes? Can you recommend the books you’ve seen them in? I’d love to check them out! Tell me in the comments below.


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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