I know I’m a tad bit late but I wasn’t feeling well yesterday so here you go: better late than never!
In case you aren’t familiar with T5W, it’s this great community on Goodreads created by Youtube book blogger Gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes. Every month group members are given topics for every Wednesday of that month to discuss on their respective platforms (blog, vlog, etc).
Weak Female Characters
I promise I will try not to rant at length about this one but it absolutely kills me when I read books with weak female characters. While I understand, obviously, that all women are different and not everyone is going to be akin to Wonder Woman, it irks me to no end when most, if not all, female characters in a given novel are essentially portrayed as doormats. Come on! Where is your backbone, your moxie? Maybe it’s just because I recently re-watched (for the billionth time) The Holiday (good movie – go watch it!), but I need a little gumption in at least the FMC or I won’t be able to finish the story. I don’t want a damsel – I want a warrior (or at the very least someone who tries to stand up for themselves or others).
(Copyright Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, and Universal Pictures)
Love At First Sight
I’m ambivalent on the whole Insta-Love trope, though I am surprised that it is still so prevalent while readers are so vociferously against it. Granted, the movie I just recommended does have some characters catching feelings at a quick pace. However, they are not even close to love at first sight, which is, to me, a very unbelievable plot element. I don’t care if I’m reading an epic fantasy with three-headed dragons, flying pigs, and sentient dancing flowers – I want a love that is realistic.
People Hating on E-Readers and Those That Read Them
There, I said it. I will admit I used to be one of those people that thought eReaders didn’t provide a true reading experience but that just isn’t the case. I love my eReader and I love corporeal books. I just love books and that, in my honest opinion, is the only important thing. Who cares how you read a book (as long as it’s legal of course): JUST READ. This is something that has bugged me for quite a while; I even wrote a post about it.
The Love Triangle
Granted, if done well, this trope can really carry a book and be not only dramatic but pertinent to the book as a whole. But lately it feels like people are only doing love triangles because everyone else has done them. It gets to be a little tiresome when it is essentially the same story time after time.
Not only that, but I were one of the two love interests and the MC wasn’t sure at first if they wanted me or the other person I’d honestly be hesitant to ever believe them even if they “chose me.” If you weren’t sure you liked me more than them yesterday how can you be sure today? At least, by how the trope is written today. I’ve read some stories that felt honest and genuine and believable. Not just: “oooh….he’s cute…but so is he…I’m in love with both of them!”
I don’t care who your character is, they need to have flaws. Be they moral or God, flaws are a must! Flaws can be amazing plot points and catalysts for driving the story forward. More than that though, flaws make characters believable and easier to relate to! If you want your readers to love your characters make us believe they could exist. There is nothing worse than reading a book and being slapped in the face with a Mary Sue or Gary Stu.