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Tropes That Need To Go

In a nutshell, yeah.

In all of YA, MG, NA, whatever, these are the tropes I simply cannot stand. I'm sure there's more but for now, I've rounded up only a few. Feel free to tell me what you think and share your own!



I always roll my eyes at this. When kisses in YAs are described as “moonlight and sunshine and cake frosting.” Um, no. Sorry, but no. If you've had a magical first kiss, please let me place my laptop aside and applaud you. Unfortunately, I have not. Even though it wasn't to my favor, Lily, the MC from I Take You, said her first kiss was nothing ideal. As of the current, I have yet to read a first kiss described as anything less than magical in YA.


I petition for this to no longer be a thing. Honestly, it's intolerable. A couple meets Chapter 1, makeouts all throughout Chapter 2, and are soon trading “I love yous” and charm bracelets by Chapter 3. Absolutely unreal.


This is actually a big thing in Once Upon A Time, which is a favorite show of mine, and I think that's the only place I'd actually deem it okay. Otherwise, it makes me practically nauseous when books are promoting “love can cure mental illness” and "love conquers all."


I have only recently read about an MC complain about a zit (i.e. Joan from The Hired Girl) but almost every MC ever has had flawless, Proactiv-perfect skin and pin-straight hair.


This happens in Olivay, This Raging Light, and How To Be A Grownup. Though all these books are great in their own aspect, I can only ask, Why? Why is this even a thing? If a family member died or Godzilla started tearing buildings out of the ground, I doubt I'd be launching myself at the local boy. Gross on so many levels.



  1. Bwhahah this is SO TRUE and so fabulous! All of these things are so ridiculous. I am sorry, but a world in which NONE of the young people has a zit HAS to be fiction, and certainly not realistic fiction ;)

    And does ANYONE like Insta-Love? How is it still a thing, since everyone basically rips it to shreds? It is the worst! And a close second is the "we're running from an assassin, let's have sex" one. Come ON people. These are great!!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight


      BTW, is it okay if I jump into a YA, Blues Clues-style, where everyone seems to have perfect skin and hair and closets full of fashionable clothes? Instalove is a sin. I think it's dying out, though. hahaha. I don't have an actual name for that last trope but I literally see it EVERYWHERE. So crazy!

  2. "f you've had a magical first kiss, please let me place my laptop aside and applaud you." LOL. Oh man, so many bad memories coming back to me right now.

    I totally agree that these tropes should go, especially insta-love because it's so annoying. You would think as much as everyone complains about it authors would try and develop their romances more.

  3. LOL. I still get nightmare flashbacks, seriously.

    I'm surprised instalove still manages to sneak in, but I think it's withering out for the most part. It seems with all the revolting everyone is doing against it, certain authors are finally getting the message.


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