There are some things in books that are either A) Completely annoying or B) Really just trash. I don’t know if these things are tropes or just bookish plots?
And today, I’m going to break down my thoughts about those things. Now, these are just my opinions. But I think, they’re right? If you disagree, I totally understand.
Anyway, I see these plot points A LOT. And I either roll my eyes, or roast the book on Goodreads. I could actually make bonfires, or row out to the middle of the ocean and throw the book overboard, but roasting on Goodreads is just easier. Though, throwing books into the middle of the Atlantic might be a lot of fun. But cluttering the ocean is a Bad Idea™ so I’ll settle for roasting them on my blog.
Oh, and I even put them in order!?! From mildly disliking to wanting to shred completely apart.
The Weather Always Being Perfect
So, unless this book takes place under a bio-sphere, why is the weather nearly always perfect? because I can tell you from experience, the weather loves to argue. In fact, I just went to a gorgeous camp this week, but the weather totally pulled a trick, and POURED RAIN the ENTIRE TEAM.
Cue me running and screaming in the pouring rain.
I think the weather throwing a wrench in everyone’s plan needs to happen more often. Because that’s how real life works.
Lots of Years Without Any Change
Some things about the world never seem to change. (Ahem, racism. Time to die already) But other things change quite a bit. Technology, the roads. Political systems. Even languages.
But some books exist in these worlds that are supposedly years apart. But nothing really changes? The languages are basically the same, but just look at English. We talk very different than people did just 50 years ago.
How do books act like time doesn’t really affect cultures and people?
And a tiny side rant, but how do curse words stay the same in fantasy books? LANGUAGE CHANGES. It does not make sense that they use the same language as us today.
It Never Takes Time to do, Anything?
Speaking of time, time works weird in A LOT of books. I know characters are doing things, reading, writing, taking a hike. But this just seems to happen, without taking actual time for life to work.
Especially homework. Any random day of the school week, I have at least 3 hours of homework. It takes a lot of time. But in most YA contemporaries, homework doens’t seem like that much of a big deal?
Me, trying to do homework in my dorm.
And this also works with love? People falling in love so quickly? And wanting to spend the rest of their lives together? And it’s just been a week? Three days?
Casual Drinking is a Totally Normal Thing?
Something I don’t get is how drinking is suddenly a super popular thing with YA books. Especially YA books set in magical/fantasy cultures. Do these people just have higher alcohol tolerances?
When I was writing one of my books, I had the villain drinking ALL the time. He’s walking around, casually holding this wine glass. That was his thing. It was a stupid thing. But I hoped people read him drinking, and went: ding, dong, there’s the villain drinking wine while people are dying! Also, he swirled his wine, which I thought was so villainy looking.
Me, to my villains
I know drinking isn’t necessarily taboo. But I think it should be treated a tad more carefully. And having characters drinking with breakfast, lunch, dinner and every afternoon get together makes them seem like borderline alcoholics.
So you want them to drink something cool? Whatever happened to sweet tea?
Completely Ignoring the “Adults”
When I’m reading some YA books, it feels like all teenagers have decided that adults are unnecessary. Now I know sometimes it’s super easy to disagree with your parents. But I think having the kids always be right and the adults wrong is just too tropey.
And kids ignoring their parents, just because??? Now, even when I was mad at my parents, I had to make up with them. Because I lived with them. We ate together. They drove me places. I used my mom’s computer until I could buy my own.
It just doesn’t vibe with me when I read characters who push their parents out. And it seems to happen a lot in books?
Hundred Year Old Guys Falling for a Teenager
I absolutely don’t understand this idea at all? If you lived for 500 years, you never fell in love? Except when you run into a partner hundreds of years younger than you. Oh, by the way, you don’t look 500 years old. Just barely over 20. And of course, the girl you’re in love with is probably only 17.
But somehow, she’s the absolute one. The only one. You two have always been meant for each other.
Does this make any sense? NOPE. NOPE. NOPE.
I just have a few questions:
Was there literally no one else alive your entire hundreds of years you could have fallen for?
Can you wait till the teenager is older? Or can you just not fall in love, please?
How is this girl not running away from the very old guy?
Who decided this was okay? Also, what makes two people the only ones meant for each other?
So honestly, I wrote this entire post to rant about this trope. Because I keep seeing it? And it just makes me so mad. And it’s not just hundreds of years in age difference. Mature adults should not be falling for teenagers. That’s just weird and wrong.
Ok, so this roast is officially coming to an end. I don’t think I’m attacking a specific book, author, or even a genre. Just being honest about some thoughts I’ve had while reading lately. 🙂 Especially about weird romance between old guys and teenagers.
I do think you can take some of these ideas and tropes and make them readable. Or you can just enjoy these tropes and not be a critical roaster like me.
What tropes do you want to roast? How would you change a trope?
Should villains drink wine? And swirl it around? Should drinking be written into YA books?
Do you think adults are ignored terribly in contemporary YA? What weird things have you seen done with time in YA books?
Does weird romance make you cringe and rant like me?
What tropes make you gag?