November 4, 2015

Tropes in YA

A trope, as defined by Google: a significant or recurrent theme; a motif.

Today, I'm going to be discussing some popular tropes in YA!

Lets start with the vampire trope! Vampires got really popular in literature during the 21st century and that was when more works involving them were more geared towards teenagers. The vampire trope is very wide, as there are many different versions of vampires throughout literature. Some sparkle, some are super fast, there are also half-vampires, the different types go on and on.
One of the most popular series that fits the vampire trope is obviously Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.


Another amazing series to feature vampires is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Some other books and series that feature the vampire trope:
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
House of Night by P.C. and Kristin Cast
The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

Onto the next trope, which is the love triangle trope. Love triangles are very popular in all forms of entertainment. They've been around since Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with Romeo, Juliet, and Paris (poor Paris who was never really a contender with his unrequited love). Some people love love triangles while others hate them, I personally am indifferent, a love triangle doesn't make or break a book for me, and I haven't kept away from a book or disliked it solely because of a love triangle. Now onto some of the popular love triangles in recent YA!

Twilight - Edward, Bella, Jacob
The Mortal Instruments - Clary, Jace, Simon
Delirium - Lena, Alex, Julian
The Summer I Turned Pretty - Belly, Conrad, Jeremiah
The Hunger Games - Katniss, Gale, Peeta
Throne of Glass - Celaena, Chaol, Dorian
The Selection - America, Aspen, Maxon
The Infernal Devices - Tessa, Will, Jem
Shatter Me - Juliette, Adam, Warner

The "does the thing" trope. I know, I know, "does the thing" isn't the proper name. But you know what I'm talking about. When one of the characters tells the main character something along the lines of "Do not do this. We mean it. You cannot do this. If you do this you will probably die or face unimaginable pain and torture" and then the main character goes and does exactly what they were told not to do? Yeah. I actually really enjoy this trope because it creates suspense.
When I think of this trope my mind immediately flies to Tris Prior, Clary Fray, and Feyre.

Some other characters I feel fit this trope: 
-America Singer
-Katy Swartz
-Will Herondale
-Noll (Nobody's Godess)

MMM. This next trope has to be one of my favorites. The hot asshole who's not really an asshole. Some amazing examples include (pictures of shirtless guys to follow) :

Alex Fuentes from Perfect Chemistr
Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster 
Noah Hutchins from Pushing the Limits
Patch Cipriano from Hush Hush
Noah Shaw from Mara Dyer
Daemon Black from Lux

If you're on Tumblr you've definitely heard of this fairly new trope: There's something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls. It comes from the book Dare Me by Megan Abbot. This is a very interesting and intriguing trope. Books with this trope feature reckless, violent, and powerful girls and there is something very enticing about reading these characters.
Here are some books in this trope:
Thats all I've got for now! Let me hear from you:
Whats your favorite trope?
Do you have a trope you wish you saw more in YA?
Whats your least favorite trope? 

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