Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This weeks topic is; Books You Liked with Tropes You Usually Hate
First of all, let’s talk tropes.
A trope I am really not a fan of, yet seems I like a lot of books with it in is;
First of all, I think it’s wrong, it’s essentially cheating and that’s just plain wrong. Man, YA writers love a good love triangle, really it’s such a bad thing to normalise. Yet I am trash for certain books with love triangles!? What is wrong with me. Love triangles have a tendency to annoy me anyway, as the author usually turn one of the love interests into an arse.
*Warning there will be spoilers*
Juliet, Adam and Warner
Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
Okay, so I don’t absolutely love these books or the ships but it’s an enjoyable series. The love triangle, however, was the worst part of this book. I didn’t really like Adam or Warner much, Warner did grow on me towards the end but overall just meh.
I hate the fact Warner is redeemed in literally every way possible and that Adam starts off being nice and is turned into an arse so that Warner looks like a better match.
Dorian, Celaena and Chaol
Throne of Glass
The first love triangle from SJM on this list, this is the one that doesn’t bother me as much as the next. I shipped Dorian and Celaena from the beginning (and I’m still kinda mad they never got together?!) After Celaena and Chaol ultimately get together she then turns Chaol into an arse and gives her another love interest. *Sigh*
Adam, Blue and Gansey
The Raven Cycle
This kind-of love triangle doesn’t bother me too much. I adore the characters in this and I love the pairings they ultimately end up in. However, there is a bit of a love triangle as it is kinda obvious Adam and Blue are going nowhere and that Blue starts falling for Gansey. I can’t be mad at it as it is painfully obvious from book one that Gansey is Blue’s true love.
Tamlin, Feyre and Rhysand
A Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J Maas
I love ACOTAR but was the love triangle necessary? No.
Was it necessary to turn the first love interest into a completely unlikeable arse? No
What could’ve happened was Feyre just falling out of love, it happens, it’s normal but no SJM has a habit of turning previous love interests into unlikeable characters.
Change of trope now; The Lost Princess
The whole lost Princess thing is usually way overdone and it can be a bit annoying. This trope also works with Throne of Glass.
But I decided to go with Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.
I have to admit, this is done really well. The main character, Kelsey, knows she’s royalty but it is hidden away for her own safety until she’s old enough to rule. I really love this trilogy but the ending is another story.