Young Adult Tropes I’m Not Taking Anymore

With it being Cliche Day today, I couldn’t help but think about the YA tropes that are so overdone it isn’t even funny anymore. There are some tropes or cliches that annoy me (especially in the romance-department), but I think that I’m not that easily bugged either. Still here are 4 tropes that I’m honestly not taking anymore.

Trope 1: Special little snowflake

This is a trope I’m honestly over at this point. I just don’t buy it any more when a seemingly normal-looking main character ends up being absolutely unique. It isn’t that common, it doesn’t happen to every guy AND IT IS A BIG DEAL. We have enough of these kind of stories and it was fun for a while, but it is seriously time to move on.

Trope 2: Love triangle

Do I even have to explain?


Trope 3: Just. Don’t.

Included in this trope are things like “she released a breath she didn’t know she was holding”, “I love girls who can eat” and “he had unbelievably long lashes, just like a girl”. Seriously, it seems like there is this generic-sentence-creating virus contaminating author’s files. How is it otherwise possible that these exact same sentences can be found in so many different books?

Trope 4: Novellas

I will not, under any circumstances, EVER read a novella in a series EVER again. I’m waiting on book 2 in the series, and book 1.5 is not going to cut it for me. Let me start by saying that this has nothing to do with length of the book because it may seem that way. I just honestly don’t understand why we’re getting so many novellas in a series instead of just sticking to the actual story. These books are never well-developed, often completely redundant and it seems that their only purpose is to get readers to spend more money.

Talk to me

What do you think about the tropes that bug me? Do you have any other tropes you’re absolutely over? Let me know in the comments!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Totally agree with this post, especially number 3: I found a lot of phrases identical in a lot of YA, and sometimes the same phrase repeated again and again in the same book. I hate when the female main character “isn’t like the other girls” and I stopped buying books about special snowflakes.

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