Do you agree with me that the problem is not really the trope itself but how it was used?

Do you agree that the problem is not really the trope itself but how it was used?

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:

Now I turn over to you. What do you think of clichés/tropes? Thumbs up? Thumbs down? Or indifferent? Do you agree with me that the problem is not really the trope itself but how it was used? I’m very interested to know your opinion!

23 Responses to The thing about clichés—

  1. I LOVE tropes. Well certain tropes, like girls disguised as boys, romance that starts out as banter/hate and progresses to love, princesses reclaiming their lost land, so many others. It’s nice to go into a story knowing exactly what you’re going to get and enjoying it for what it is.

    The delivery of the trope definitely influences my enjoyment of the book. Being a trope I like isn’t going to get it bonus points if it’s badly written.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I like gender bender too, reverse harem and the whatnots, haha. Yes, it’s nice that you know what you’re dealing with. <3

  2. Annie says:

    I definitely agree with this post! Even love triangles which everyone seems to hate (and understandably so) don’t bug me ALL the time. I’ve seen books that do it really well and it actually ends up adding excitement to the book!

    So yeah it definitely is more of a question of how it’s used rather than whether it’s used at all. It’s hard to be completely 100% original and tropes are tropes for a reason: because they work with the audience! So I don’t fault an author for having a trope. I look more at whether it was done well.

  3. I totally agree with this! I love certain tropes- they’re basically just plot devices after all. Certain ones are tiring to me now because I’ve seen them so often and didn’t like them much in the first place, but a certain trope can get me to read a book.

  4. Shannelle C. says:

    If you’re saying Anna and the French Kiss used tropes really well, ALL THE HUGS because YES. You know I’m unapologetically enthusiastic for this book, and one of the reasons why I love it is because it’s so cliche but it’s so well done! It’s such a pleasure to read a good cliche.

  5. Ashley says:

    I adore clichés. There are certain romance set ups that will win me over EVERY TIME. It’s just all about how it’s executed. It can be done well, or it can be annoying and make me cringe.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yes, I think we all agree that the excution greatly matters. There are certain tropes that automatically incline me to read a book. 😀

  6. Alysia says:

    I agree with this! There are certain cliches that might not work for me and some that make me instantly want to read the book but regardless they’re part of building a book up to something more and they can definitely be executed really well. I think various cliches will always be a big part of literature in any genre.

  7. Sydney says:

    Truthfully, I love “cliches” and tropes. There are certain stories I could read 100 times and never be bored of. For example: there are a LOT of fantasy tropes, but all of them — if done and written well — can be amazing.

    Are there certain tropes and cliches I don’t like? For sure. But if a book is well-written I can often overlook those meh cliches and see that the story is in fact a good one. 😛

  8. Cee says:

    YES. It totally depends on how the cliche/trope is executed. If it’s done in a way that fulfills what I like, I can be on board with it, but if it’s incredibly cheesy or extremely predictable, I absolutely hate it.

    I have a lot of tropes I love, but in books, they are sometimes never the right circumstances or written in a way that just fits with what I like to see. It sucks when that happens.

    I totally agree about the love triangle. Sometimes, the characters haven’t been developed enough to believe that the love triangle isn’t added to make the book more dramatics. Why would I want to read about that?

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Right! Most of love triangles are infective to some because the love interest/s weren’t fleshed out yet (aside from ridic romantic plot line). Most were only added for dramatic effect; such a sad turn of events. :'(

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  10. I have a love hate relationship with tropes.If I really love a certain trope-for example,best friends falling in love-I’ll never be tired of reading it again and again in a lot of books.But if don’t like one much,then I become annoyed when it’s overused.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Haha, it really depends, no? I think we all agreed that tropes aren’t to be blamed. How it was written weight more in our judgement. 😀

  11. Generally, it actually depends on the trope itself, plus how the author handles it. Some cliches work with the story and actually enhance my enjoyment of a book, but maybe when there are too many of them in a single story (like in Red Queen), or if they don’t fit in well with the rest of the plot, then I’ll be pretty ranty about those. 😉

  12. I am really fickle when it comes to clichés and tropes! And I’m not sure why.

    Sometimes, I can read a book that involves instalove, and I won’t care. Ill ship them to my heart’s content. But other times I will read a book with instalove and HATE IT. And I think it might come down to what you said – in what way the rope was used. If it was used to just move the pot forward and create drama – I’ll probably hate it. But if it was believable, and involved the ~feels, then I’ll likely be on board with it.

    For example, with THE WINNER’S CURSE, a lot of people said it was instalove, but I really didn’t feel that way. And even if it did move a bit fast, I shipped it wholeheartedly. And I think its because the characters were ones I liked, and that the story was also super good.

    But even so, I am fickle when it comes to tropes because I don’t have definitive reasons why I sometimes love them, and sometimes hate them XD

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think personal enjoyment great factor to consider to determine whether the trope works or not. Just cementing the fact how subjective reading is.

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