is that: I don’t hate them. I actually liked them. They are good tools. They are very great starting point.
I don’t necessarily fault a book/story when it showcases clichés, tropes. In all honesty, there are good ones that despite the predictability I still ended up loving it. This cemented the idea that to me they aren’t the reason that drags the book down. I think it is always depends on how it is used, as I said they are tools. Very useful tools. :]
I also look into reading book with certain expectations. With that, I also do go searching on a book with specific idea (trope) in my mind. It’s not the trope/clichés itself but how it was used. Like, I want a love triangle, I search for those specifically. Widely used romantic device? Sure, not because it has love triangle means it was bound for a failure. Or it lacks creativity. It still how it was flesh out, how it was handled made it all different. If the book just relies on it and added some drama for effect than that is what made it unenjoyable to me.
Yes I admit that I sometimes do consider tropes in my judging of a book but it does not solely rely on that. Nor if mentioned means negative all the time. You know, I find it very inventive, applauding for that matter, if this tried and tested formulas are used and transformed in a way that is not only creative but as if completely new. That’s a challenge. That is what I want in my story. :winks: