Saturday, March 10, 2018

Top 3 Favorite Fantasy Tropes (Jill)

The word trope has a stigma attached to it. My good friend Merriam defines trope as "a:
word or expression used in a figurative sense : figure of speech or b: a common or overused theme or device: cliche'"
Cliche'? Oh boy. Nobody wants to be accused of using them, reading them, or liking them. But there are a few fantasy tropes out there I enjoy.
3. Elves, Dwarves,  and other fantasy creatures -- Some readers cry "foul" and claim these races to be unoriginal, a theft of Tolkien's writings. I've read a few authors that put a spin on them, so they read differently than Tolkien's version. Either way, I like these races in my reading material.

2. The Chosen One -- Harry Potter. Percy Jackson. Buffy. Eragon. They're all cut from the same Chosen One cloth. I enjoy reading that trope, and apparently, a lot of other readers do, too. My theory is most readers live normal lives. Who doesn't want to spend some time on an exciting adventure with someone who can save the world? Who wouldn't want to live in this special person's skin for an hour or two?
1. Kick-butt heroines -- I always enjoy a story with a strong heroine who has an opinion, uses her head, and saves herself. After a bit of research, I was surprised to find readers had tired of this trope. I wonder why. It's better than the alternative, heroine-as-doormat. 

What about your favorites? Share one of your favorite tropes in the comments below!


  1. #2 is one of my favorites. What’s not to love about a character designed to fulfill a specific purpose that serves the greater good? Harry Potter and Percy Jackson are wonderful examples.

    1. Thanks, K.A. I never get tired reading that trope. It gives us normal people hope. :-)

  2. Fun post, Jill! I enjoy dwarves and elves - I feel like it's easier to get on with the story if authors aren't reinventing the wheel every time with fantasy races! Chosen One stories can be really good, but it's a little harder to relate to since I'm pretty sure there aren't any prophecies out there that relate to me :) And I like strong heroines, though I'll admit I get a little tired of the ones who are good at everything and happen to have lots of weaponry skills.


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