Whether it’s in movies and books or on TV, tropes are themes that appear over and over to the point that they can be quite annoying. Insta-love, the missing or dead parents, and Big Bad evil villain are just some of the overused tropes we keep running into. But we’ve come up with a few that we don’t mind seeing over and over again. Read on for our top picks.
Yes, we know! The dreaded love triangle. And although some would argue it’s not realistic, we’d say there are good love triangles and there are bad ones. The good ones will have you biting your nails, unable to choose between the two love interests.
- The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
- The Forbidden Game series by L.J. Smith
- Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
- The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
Fall of Society or The World Has Ended
A YA book that starts with a bleak future will always get our attention. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a prime example of grabbing you with its premise and keeping you engaged with its strong characters. A few other great examples to check out include:
- The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
- The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
- The Selection series by Kiera Cass
The Not-So-Horrible Jerks (or the Tsundere)
Reluctant to show their emotions, these broody boys are cold, even sometimes hostile on the outside, and yet loving on the inside. Perhaps one of the most well-known examples is Damon Salvatore from L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries series. Seemingly cruel and evil in the beginning, Elena quickly melts his frozen heart, revealing his affectionate side.
- Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
- Kaiden Rowe from the Sweet series by Wendy Higgins
- Morpheus from the Splintered series by A.G.Howard
Dark and Tragic Past
Angsty and tragic backstories? Yes, please! One of the best examples is Anakin Skywalker. His fall into darkness is unforgettable and relatable as he struggles with doing what’s right and saving the woman he loves. Here are few other prime examples of tragic pasts in YA novels:
- Nathan from The Half-Bad trilogy by Sally Green
- Jorg Ancrath from The Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence
- Sage from The Ascendance trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen
- Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Chosen One
Prophecies and foreshadowing all allude to the one and only person who can save us all. Yes, this trope can be overused at times, but it’s an enjoyable idea that only one person can save the world, or at least, one person and their gaggle of friends like Harry Potter. Or what about these others below?
- Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Frodo from The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Ender from Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card
Which YA tropes do you enjoy the most? Tweet us @PiqueBeyond and let us know your favorites.