Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Books You Liked with Tropes You Usually Hate–Pick some of your most hated tropes and discuss books (or other media) that actually handled that trope well. While I was slightly at a loss for which tropes I wanted to focus on, I chose them from a quiz Epic Reads hosted, Do you actually hate these YA book tropes.
So, without further adieu, I present my contribution to this week’s top five conversation.
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An obscure, vaguely threatening prologue.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. It may have been written between 1591 to 1595, but the story of Juliet and her Romeo still holds a special place in my heart, even though it starts off with a trope I can usually not stand. Shakespeare warns us we are about to watch a tragedy unfold, and yet, even though we know what’s going to happen we still hold out hope that the messenger will reach Romeo or that Juliet will wake up just a split second earlier.
Lia, Rafe, and Kaden from ‘The Remnant Chronicles’ by Mary E. Pearson. I don’t necessarily hate love triangles, but I do find them to be a tad over used. However, out of all of the love triangles I’ve been hit over the head with lately I actually enjoyed reading about Lia, Rafe, and Kaden in ‘The Remnant Chronicles’ series.
Protagonist willing to sacrifice themselves
Feyre Archeron from theA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas. Not only did this girl sacrifice her freedom for the sake of her family, she also sacrificed her life for those who were unable to fight for themselves Under the Mountain against Amarantha. While it does become a bit of a cliche as the series progresses, I’ll never forget how I actually enjoyed the protagonist sacrifice trope in A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1).
Love at first sight
Ciara and Leif from Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake. With Beyond a Darkened Shore being a stand alone, I both understood why Leake chose the love at first sight trope for Ciara and Leif while also finding myself unable to hate it in the context of these two characters.
Severus Snape from the ‘Harry Potter’ series by J.K. Rowling. The ultimate example of this trope, Professor Snape will always be my favourite morally ambiguous character. While he did a lot of things I don’t quite understand or agree with, his love for Lily and his devotion to Dumbledore gave this villain redemption and then some.
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And those are the top five books that I think are the best roadtrip novels. Do you have any books that could fill this T5W? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.