Clichés and Tropes || Let’s Talk Bookish (5th Feb, 2020)

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukki @Eternitybookreviews and Dani @Literary Lion.
As the name suggests, there is a bookish question or topic each week and bloggers around the world write their opinions! Here I am, doing the same. Participating in this meme for the first time. I have been trying to participate in more memes and tags related to books and so if you have any suggestions, shoot it in the comments!!

Bookish Topic of the week: Clichés and Tropes

Here is what cliché means:

Image result for cliche story
Copyrighted to the owner/taken from web.

What exactly does cliché mean in the language of stories, books and novels?

Exactly same as the picture above. An example of this can be fairytales I guess! Where they suddenly fall in love and all the giddy things start happening and then the villain comes and kidnaps the heroine and then the hero goes to save her or something like that.

We have seen this at many many places, but, what actually comes across here is the writing style. Each author we read has their own style of writing and thus in the end how the story is written is what actually matters here. Even though, we get an idea about what the author is up to, there can plot twists between the openings and endings of the plot. Here, while the story is cliché, the storyline is not!

To be honest, I am not even against cliché storylines. There are so many fairytale re-telling which fall under this “cliché” thing but I have read many Beauty and The Beast, Cinderella, Snow White and many more these kind of retellings and they did not bore me at all. Some people even love these stories!

What about you? Do you have a book which falls under so called “cliché” your favourite?

What about the Tropes?!

Image result for what are tropes
taken from the web (i had a good google workout to find this out)

Now, if you search on google. Cliché = Trope is what you will get. But, I just could not get it and thus I researched more and finally concluded here. The tropes are basically the main building blocks of the particular novel.

What I intend to convey is, if the book is from fantasy genre then ‘enemy-to-lovers’, ‘friends-to-enemies’, ‘enemies-to-bestfriends’ are some of the tropes. Also the tropes can include BIPOC characters, LGBT+ representation including other representations! These get specifically targeted to that particular audience, as we call it OwnVoices books now!

Even the place of origination of the main character can be included in the troupe, i.e the character is from The United States of America, from India, from Japan, from Sanghai. You get the idea, right? There can be tropes of age, gender, sexuality, race! (Tbh! the diversity I’m seeing these days, oh god!, just love them all!)


So, which is your favorite trope?
Comment down below! Let’s chat! (Gotta make a photo for that, but I am lazy! )

2 thoughts on “Clichés and Tropes || Let’s Talk Bookish (5th Feb, 2020)

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  1. All too often I see people saying that a trope is an overused literary device, but imo it really depends on HOW the writer uses them? The Chosen One trope can be overused (like Paolini’s Eragon) but what if The Chosen One was a little old granny lady who finds a pair of magic knitting needles? It’s fresh, it’s new — and it’s still the same trope. It can be very hard to pick a favorite trope though; I had to browse the tv tropes website to find one. I think mine is “adult fear” because I’m finally reaching the stage where I *really understand* adult fears; reading about someone 14 or younger being in peril makes my heart hammer in my chest. I’m very curious — what’s YOUR favorite trope???

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