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T5W Rewind – Tropes you Hate

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

This month’s topics for the Top 5 Wednesday series are Rewind topics – which means we can choose any previously used topic throughout the series. For today’s topic, I have chosen Tropes you Hate.

Before I dive into this topic, I really want to stress out that I do not hate any of those tropes below. They can get on my nerves when they are used as an ‘easy way out’ – as something that bypasses either characters’ developments or plots’ challenges.

I am not judging anyone who likes these tropes either. Please keep that in mind. It’s all a matter of personal preferences. 🙂


 

  1. Love at first sight, aka. instalove

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Insta-love is probably my biggest pet peeve. I do not believe in love at first sight. I do believe of course in attraction at first sight, but that has nothing to do with love.

In my opinion, love goes hand in hand with respect. And respect is something that is usually earned through time. It is also about understanding and appreciating each other and again, that takes time.

I think the cliché of ‘their eyes met and they knew there were destined for each another’ send a naïve message of ‘as long as there is attraction between us and we are looking at each others’ eyes, it’s all good’.

In my humble opinion, it’s a simplistic and also a bit dangerous message to be sending out there.

As my favourite author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, once famously said: “Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.”

  1. Chosen ones / special snowflakes

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Usually a character that is destined to be the hero and to save the entire world either because everyone around them or some prophecy says so, or because they have some incredibly unique power and are therefore extremely special.

I think this is a bit of a ‘an easy way out’ card. An author can potentially use it without having to think about characters’ motivations. Because you know… it’s their destiny!!!!

Of course some authors can use this cliché and make it work, yes HP fans, I’m talking about your favourite author. But in a lot of cases, this approach sometimes doesn’t go deep into characters’ motives and can make them a bit less relatable because of that.

  1. The Plain Jane who is magically transformed to win the hunky hero’s heart

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I honestly can not stand ‘The Plain Jane’ character. When you spice it up with a hunky hero saving her or his heart, I tend to lose a bit..

We are all unique and that makes us all interesting.

The Plain Jane is just a cliché that plays at our insecurities. The message of ‘there’s hope for all of us’ resonates but is it actually serving us?

I believe nobody is plain. Full stop.

  1. The evil one

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The usual ‘good vs. evil’ dynamic is a cliché that gets on my nerves. We are all complex and pure evil villains are again, a bit of an easy way out.

It becomes double annoying when combined with the ‘monster is shot, stabbed, burned and impaled on a spike, and it rises again and again’ trope as well. I mean please, save us all our precious time and just kill those evil monsters off, will you?

It also has an irritable potential when combined with the evil one ‘accidentally‘ dying as well. I mean how convenient is that? When a murderer somehow stumbles and falls under a train, or off a cliff… yep, that one gets me too!

  1. Any good detective must be depressed—and preferably should have a drinking or substance overuse related problem.

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I think this one is quite self-explanatory. 😉

It’s usually closely followed by a maverick detective who doesn’t trust anyone and doesn’t need anybody’s help…


There you have it. Now over to you friends.

What are your favourite ‘tropes you personally dislike’? Fancy sharing some of them with me? 🙂

Bookish

T5W Rewind – Favourite Villains

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

This month’s topics for the Top 5 Wednesday series are Rewind topics – which means we can choose any previously used topic throughout the series. For today’s topic, I have chosen Favourite Villains.


In any book I read or a movie I watch, I crave complex characters.

I enjoy discovering characters that are not entirely likeable.

The protagonists must have flaws and the purpose of their stories is to overcome them. Equally, for their antagonists, there must be still some humanity left in them in order for me to sympathise with them. I will not condone their actions, but I may at least understand, where that behaviour is coming from.

There are many evil psychopathic villains out there and they have their place. My list below probably consists mostly of sympathetic or rather tragic villains.

Side note: The Orangutan Librarian wrote a brilliant post on Why Villains are the Greatest. I really recommend checking it out!


  • Sméagol / Gollum – The Lord of the Ring Series

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Let’s pause and appreciate Gollum’s portrait by Frédéric Bennett 

Gollum is probably my favourite.

I like his character because there is still some humanity left in him, despite being consumed by his extremely powerful desire for the Ring.

He always gives me hope; that humanity can persevere.

  • Loki – Norse Mythology (and Marvel comics)

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Picture by incredible artist Sceith

Loki is a broken man damaged by his past.

The legends tell us the harder he tries, the harder he usually falls.

I guess that could make his actions seem somehow relatable. And I think that’s what makes him an interesting character as well.

  • Magneto – Marvel Comics, X-Men

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Another character haunted by his dark past.

His intentions are to make the world a better place for the mutants.

Unfortunately his approach, to kill all humans, is what makes him an anti-hero material. That doesn’t mean we approve of his choices, but can at least understand what made him into that villain.

  • Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader

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Because every hero has a villain potential.

And because we don’t know what we are capable of doing until everything we love is threatened to be taken away from us.

And because of that redemption and hope that goes with it.

  • Jamie Lannister from “A Song of Ice and Fire” series

George R.R Martin has this cunning ability to create complex characters that I just want to know more of.

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Amazing drawing by Antylopa

Jamie is one of them.

In the first few books, he is a ‘classic’ villain. His actions are fuelled by his selfish and ego-centric behaviour and of course there is that sibling love.

Then he is forced to face his disability and he raises up to that challenge.

It has something to do with certain Brienne of Tarth. Their unlikely friendship and those first glimpses of Jamie’s humanity, that were there all along but buried deep within, are probably one of my favourite parts of the Game of Thrones series.


There you have it. Now over to you friends.

What are your favourite villains? Fancy sharing some of them with me? 🙂

Bookish

T5W Rewind – Current Favourites that Aren’t Books

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

This month’s topics for the Top 5 Wednesday series are Rewind topics – which means we can choose any previously used topic throughout the series. As I am relatively new to T5W, I am excited about this opportunity! 🙂

I have chosen the topic of “Current favourites that aren’t books” as I find it currently very fitting given I read four books in March and three in April. 😉 My boyfriend, our dog and I just return from a week and half long trip in Dartmoor in West England with today being the last day of our holiday. Our washing machine is currently working over time, I’ve managed to unpack most of our things and I am finally finding time to sit down and make another list. I love list making! 🙂

Without further ado, let’s talk non books, shall we? 🙂

All of those activities below are for me to enjoy but being surrounded by the ones I love is what matters to me the most. People are my favourites that aren’t books and I feel truly grateful for all those special souls that are in my life. 

  • (Rock) Climbing

Climbing in Kalymnos

It you read my previous T5W post you know that I enjoy climbing. I call it my vertical meditation. I love how fully present I become when I climb. It’s me and the next move.

My curiosity is satisfied as well as having to piece together, at first a seemingly impossible sequence of moves, can be a fun puzzle to solve. If you don’t tear you hear out first in frustration of course.

I also appreciate that climbing takes me to some breath taking places in nature. I got to see some stunning places such as the isle of Lundy where no cars are allowed and where seals kept us the only company on those beautiful long granite sea cliffs.

And I also love the climbing community. Climbers are a fairly chilled bunch of people… must be all that vertical meditating I reckon… 😉

  • Hiking / Scrambling 

 

Nature is amongst my top values. I get fully recharged when I walk in nature. The last week and half was amazingly restorative. Walking on the moor, listening to bird-songs, meeting Dartmoor’s wild ponies and feeling an utter sense of peace and quiet. That’s happiness in my books.

I enjoy walking with my boyfriend; we have quite a few Pathfinder circular walks guides that we enjoy exploring together. I also love hiking with my sister around my native woods in the Czech Republic. I usually have great conversations during all of those walks with my loved ones. I equally enjoy walking on my own with my little dog though. I can sort my thoughts out that way really well and unplug from it all.

  • Yoga 

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When I’m on the mat, I feel like I’m home.

I enjoy moving gently with every breath I take. I also love how yoga teaches me to stay mindful and to get into an observer state. That ability to notice my thoughts and allow them to stay without having to react to them.

I also enjoy dedicating my practice at the beginning of it to someone. If you play sports – try it sometimes. I found, when my practice is not only about me, but also about someone else,  it gives me that tiny bit of a push I sometimes need when things get quite challenging and I want to give up.

  • Listening to podcasts

I love listening to various podcasts on a regular basis. Currently, my favourite podcasts are:

Do you listen to any of these?

And do you have a podcast you could recommend me?

I love exploring new podcasts on a regular basis. 🙂

  • Travelling

Because I enjoy exploring new places, seeing different cultures and meeting interesting people.

I don’t necessarily have to travel to exotic places though; I equally love travelling somewhere local where I have never been before or just taking a new route to places I normally go to quite regularly.

There is always so much to see when you change your direction. 🙂 Cheesy alert: I believe it is the journey, not the destination that this is all about. 🙂


There you have it. Now over to you friends.

What are your current favourites that aren’t books? Fancy sharing some of them with me?