Hey everyone! Happy Top 5 Tuesday! This post is a little late…. with Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday, I didn’t have time to write this post. Then my morning was chaos……. I hate chaotic mornings! This has taken me long enough, so lets just get to it!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme where I explore different topics. If you are interested in participating I would love to have you! Here is a list of my Upcoming topics in October – please remember to ping back a specific post of mine so I get a notification and I will add you to the participants list!

LACK OF PARENTS – ONE OR BOTH

What’s with this?? Seriously?! I read a lot of YA, and it makes me wonder, why do so many teenagers have no parents? Either they’ve left or they’ve died, but characters rarely have parents and it’s annoying! I realize that authors use this as a reason for them to struggle and be put into a situation where they need to struggle, fight, and gain strength. But, honestly, it’s a cop out! You’re taking the easy road and I would appreciate it if you would stop!

LACK OF COMMUNICATION IN RELATIONSHIPS

This is possibly my most annoying trope. I don’t enjoy reading a book where 99% of the conflict between characters could have been solved if they just talked. It’s not realistic in ANY way! Talk to each other! Stop hiding things because you think you’re protecting them (because you’re not!), and stop keeping secrets and lying because you “just don’t know how to tell them”……. BE OUT WITH IT! Speak! It’s not that hard!

INSTA-LOVE

This is a harder one for me. I’ve been that person…… I saw my husband playing in a band when I was in grade 8 and told myself that I would marry him some day. I didn’t see him for about a year after that day and, when I did, I instantly remembered him and did everything in my power to put myself in his social circles. We’ve been together for 20 years! So, I am proof that insta-love is real LOL! But, for some strange reason, I hate reading about it lol! I can’t explain why either. I think that it’s related to the next thing I’m going to mention…….

BAD ASS FEMALE PROTAGONISTS WHO LOSE THEIR FOCUS WHEN THEY MEET A BOY

This drive me up the wall. We have this totally strong and bad ass female character. She’s described as ruthless, fearless, and determined. But then she lays eyes on a hot guy and it all flies out the window! WHY?!? She goes from wanting to tear down the world to forgetting what she’s doing and focuses on his sky blue eyes………. STOP IT! Sure, guys take some of your attention, but don’t forget who you are and what you’re doing!

A CHARACTER’S SEXUALITY BEING USED AS A PLOT TWIST

Oh this one makes my blood boil! I’ve read a few books where a characters (main or side) sexuality was used as a plot twist. We suddenly find out that the character is gay and they’ve been lying the whole time. Ok….. I get it. In some cases it’s valid. A character struggles to accept their own desires and maybe struggles with abuse or threat of violence if they speak their truth. They may not be sure where their heart lies and need to figure things out. I understand that. But for the love of god do it tastefully! We need to see support of that characters thoughts and emotions! Don’t just throw it out to make people jaw’s drop when there is NOTHING to support that characters announcement! I remember reading a book where the side character was clearly written as a straight person. There wasn’t a single indication that the character was bi or gay, but the author used it as a twist at the end just to catch people off guard. That’s NOT fair! A persons sexuality is who they are – not a plot twist! And it’s beyond disrespectful to treat it as such. Rant over lol

 

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TOP 5 TUESDAY PARTICIPANTS:

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That’s the end of the two part trope series! I’ve loved reading your posts and find it so interesting what we love and don’t love in books! Thanks to everyone for participating as per usual!

Until next time, happy reading!

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