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5 More Very Specific Tropes I Love

Hello friends πŸ™ŒπŸ’œ

It’s been a few months since I’ve posted ‘My Top 5 Very Specific Favourite Tropes‘ and in that time, I’ve (re)discovered some more tropes that I adore. If any of these are your favourites too and you’ve got book recommendations that fit, please share them with me! I’m forever looking for more similar reads 😍

PS: As with the previous post, I’ve listed some titles in white (select text to reveal them if you’re ok with spoilers!) in case you love these tropes and are looking for similar books too. Some titles have overlapping tropes as well, but they’re only limited to a trope each so the lists are more unique.

Unconventional Romances

This one is probably going to weird a few people out, but I’m a sucker for unconventional romances that are more along the lines of Beauty and the Beast, “the personification of Death is my SO” and love-hate relationships.

Some books with this trope:

  1. Belladonna by Adalyn Grace (personification of Death as a love interest)
  2. Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen (romance between two liars)
  3. The Wize Wize Beasts of the Wizarding Wizdoms by Nagabe (relationships between anthropomorphic characters in a magical school)
  4. Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (a love triangle that ends up as a healthy polyamory)

Creatures becoming (sometimes unwilling) partners and then, friends with the main character as they work on a task or quest

I’ve been alternating between playing Genshin Impact and Ni no Kuni and despite my internal complaints of how much Paimon and Cluu talks (I’m the kind of gamer who’d skip most of story and dialogue if I could just to speed game despite loving the story aspect of RPG games πŸ˜…), I love the relationship they have with the main character. Of course, this translates to books as well!

Some books with this trope:

  1. Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
  2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  3. Rebel Skies by Ann Sei Lin
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami

Underdog Characters

When the world seems to be against them but they’re determined to be successful anyway, underdog characters have a special place in my heart especially because of this. They may despair, they may fail, but they never give up and face all the adversities in their way.

Some books with this trope:

  1. Blue Period by Tsubasa Yamaguchi
  2. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
  3. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  4. Les MisΓ©rables by Victor Hugo

“Underneath the underneath.”

Hatake Kakashi once said that ninja must see underneath the underneath (meanings hidden beneath underlying meanings), so that’s my nindo when it comes to reading books!

Though I may not always have the brainpower for it, I πŸ’―adore it when a book has a multitude of layers to it and thus, can be read in various perspectives.

Some books with this trope:

  1. The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura
  2. Bestiary by K-Ming Chang
  3. Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami
  4. Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

Retellings from the villain’s POV

This. This is my kryptonite. Give me a retelling from the villain’s POV and make them so human and understandable that I cannot do anything else but agree that their entry to villainy is undeniable πŸ˜­πŸ’œ

Some books with this trope:

  1. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
  2. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
  3. Circe by Madeline Miller
  4. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

What are your favourite very specific tropes?

As always, thank you so much for reading!

Until next time~



2 thoughts on “5 More Very Specific Tropes I Love

  1. The thrilling sequel!! It’s going to have to be a hard agree from me on all of these πŸ˜‚. Particularly the villain origin story one, which I’ve really enjoyed in theory but haven’t yet found in a title that’s really clicked with me––so I’ll have to check all these out! And, for ‘creatures becoming friends with the main character on a quest,’ you can’t go wrong with A Thousand Steps Into Night! There’s a delightful magpie spirit named Geiki who causes mischief wherever he goes πŸ˜€

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