March topic: What is one book trope that gets on your nerves?
When I saw the topic for this month's #ShelfLove challenge I didn't even need to think about it. I knew exactly what I would be choosing. Sure there are several tropes that I find annoying. The girl who describes herself as plain (or too skinny, or too curvy, or her hair frizzed that one time, whatever) but *every other character* describes her as beautiful. She's obviously runway-ready and could grace any magazine cover... but, golly gee,she just doesn't know it. Pardon me while I gag. Another would be the girl who every guy is in love with. I mean, every freaking male character in the book is fawning over her and declaring his love. Um, has this every happened to you? Does every guy you know put you on a pedestal and drool when you are near? Yeah, me either. (Side note to authors: this does not make your main character relatable or likable. Quit doing this!)
There are others, of course, but there is one... ONE that stands out above all others. One that I find so annoying that I get all ragey just thinking about it.
There it is: The Big Misunderstanding. A character, usually the heroine, sees something or hears something, gets the wrong idea, and allows this to drive a wedge between her and the love interest. And this carries on for much of the book all while I become more and more annoyed. Why does this make me so ragey? Because 99.73548% of the time the entire misunderstanding, the thing upon which the entire plot is built, could be solved with one single conversation. Characters talk, problem solved, done. But that can't happen because otherwise all would be resolved by chapter three. Gah! Please, no more. Give me a book with a real conflict - not something that could be fixed if the characters had a two minute chat.
The #ShelfLove Challenge is hosted by Julie and Lynn at Chapter Break, Terri at Second Run Reviews, and Brandee at BookwormBrandee.