5 Clichés in Books that I Can’t Deal With

Clichés and tropes are the foundation of every story, whether good or bad. You can’t just take them away because every story has them. And sometimes the reason we pick up a book or love a story is because of these tropes. I mean who doesn’t love a good enemies to lovers when done right?

But that’s the point, clichés have to be written well otherwise they can just ruin the whole reading experience. I’m mostly fine with clichés depending on their execution and whether they are subtle or blatantly in my face. But today I want to talk about some clichés that I absolutely can’t tolerate. If a book has any of these clichés or tropes there is a 99% chance that I’ll be pulling my hair out or rolling my eyes.

5 Clichés in Books that I Can’t Deal With

Everyone depends on the main character

So you mean to say everyone that we encounter in your universe knows, likes and is grateful or dependent on the mc? I’ve seen this most commonly in fantasy, dystopian and science fiction books. Especially dystopian. Everything is falling apart, barely held together by the mc being a provider or a good spy for the community. They know everyone in the neighborhood and it’s almost as if everyone else will fall apart if anything happens to our mc.

I know they are the main character but not everyone’s world revolves around them. And nobody is liked and loved by everyone, please make things realistic.

Dragged out will-they-won’t-they

Look, I’m all for a slow-burn romance but there’s a difference between that and a dragged out supposed will-they-won’t-they. WE ALL KNOW THEY WILL. There’s no surprise element here, you’re just making your readers frustrated. This is especially the worst when there is unnecessary conflict involved in the romance and the book becomes 400 pages long. I kid you not, I read a book which was 80% will-they-won’t-they and then they got together and cemented their love. But at the end of the book they got physically separated and 60% of the second book was the main character pining and wondering if the other character still loves them. Like dude, I will cut off my right arm if you two don’t end up together. This book literally won’t exist if you two aren’t together so stop irritating me.

Everything magically works out for the hero at the last minute

Let me explain this one a bit. You know sometimes a main character will spend the entire book being clumsy or especially terrible at a skill like archery but at the climax when the situation is dire, they’re suddenly a pro. Everything magically goes right for them even though they didn’t spend a minute on trying to perfect or harness that skill or power. It just happens very conveniently because they are the hero and ugh, it’s just really lazy writing and I hate it. Ahem, no spoilers but this trope was especially inspired from one of the ending scenes of episode 5 of the Loki tv show. I’m so mad, every time I see anything like this happen I bang my head against a wall.

The one character our mc doesn’t like turns out to be evil or bad

I think this one’s pretty self explanatory. Maybe sometimes our mc has a reason to dislike a certain character but do they really have to turn out to be evil and scheming? There’s absolutely no element of surprise, readers know to expect that. Instead give us someone who’s close to the mc that turns out to be an antagonist. That’s the shit we live for. Additionally, I just think it would be great to acknowledge and explore that our mc is only human, capable of disliking someone for no reason. I used to find so many of my classmates annoying in school but that didn’t mean they were evil okay? I was able to keep a certain level of objectivity when I had to work with them and yet still dislike them. That’s what we do in real life.

Characters being blind to something for the sake of the plot

Again, I think you can understand what I mean by this one. Simply lazy writing. You mean to say the main or/and side characters don’t know this blatantly obvious truth that you present as a plot twist that the readers have guessed since the very beginning? How convenient. Please, fix your plot holes. If a characters is an expert at something and you say that whoops, they just didn’t see that one thing that they’re supposed to know or forgot about it, we are not convinced. I guess this is less of a trope that the others I discussed but this is only dawning on me right now but… I wanted to rant about this, lol. Shhh, it’s my blog, my rules 😉

What are some clichés or tropes that absolutely throw you off a book?

Alternatively, what are some clichés you like when they’re written right?

Do you like when books are pitched using tropes or would you rather not know before reading?

18 thoughts on “5 Clichés in Books that I Can’t Deal With

    • Yesss! I do hate insta love too, didn’t mention here because it’s the most commonly hated trope. I like especially can’t relate cause I’m ace like love at first sight makes zero sense.

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  1. These are pretty annoying lol. I don’t notice many except the whole things work out magically thing. It always annoys me especially if it was something like a fight or battle where there is NO EFFEN WAY they would had been able to pull something off.

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  2. I can’t handle it when everything revolves around the MC either! It gets so unrealistic and weird when everyone’s social calendar goes hand in hand with the MC ‘s or whatever. It’s just not realistic and I can’t relate to that!

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  3. For me, it’s Nazis as the bad guy. (Of course they’re terrible, horrible people, btw.) To see the big evil dudes trying to take over the world or stealing technology/colonising magical worlds/weaponising animals etc. ALWAYS being some rendition of a Nazi soooo needs retiring. Most of the narratives also depict Nazi sympathising to some degree when this happens and it makes me want to scream until my head explodes lmao. Gimme something non-Nazi. They don’t need attention or spotlights. I see it a lot in sci-fi, fantasy, and action-adventure stories.

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    • Oh I totally get what you mean! I think I’ve seen more of this in movies and tv shows and less of books but that just might be based on my reading choices. It’s such lazy writing because the story immediately depends on the inherent Nazi views for making a villain instead of developing one.

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  4. I’m kinda thankful that i’m not a fantasy reader so I don’t see thoses very often.. 😅 the everything suddently working at the right moment makes me think it might has something to do with the addrenaline?

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    • Thanks, Kal!
      Oh my god yes! That’s a huge reason why I hate miscommunication too because in the end characters just talk and boom everything is perfect :/

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  5. Lemme just *brings out a huge needle and some thread* sew some plot holes together in books. I think the cliche I dislike is miscommunication which seems to be a favourite for many authors. Like please, let’s just sit everyone down and have a good ol’ chat. Another one I dislike is where the MC seems to have multiple love interests but we’re talking multiple bland male love interests who are walking stereotypes. Like please a love triangle is bad enough sksksk. Adore this list and I agree with all of your points too!

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    • AHAHA YES SEW THEM IN!
      Oof yes that’s a popular one for a reason cause authors just seem to depend on it do much instead of the plot. Haha yes that’s also pretty boring.
      Thanks, Clo!! ❤

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