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November 1, 2014

Gush & Gripe: Kill The Tropes! + ARC Giveaway


Tropes. Some are good, some are bad, and like beauty and shoes, it's relative. Some works for us, some don't. These either need to die, rest, or get reinvented because like your common working gal/guy, they've been around the block one too many times. It's tired, lost its sheen, and no longer excite dear 'ol me.

Let me just highlight that this post is VERY SUBJECTIVE and I only want to open a discussion and not offend anybody. 

  1. LOVE TRIANGLE: There are a few exceptions but I think a lot of us are tired of this especially in YA. Now part of me can suspend disbelief because in the real world it's what we call dating and if you're especially hot, you are probably not limited to 2 admirers at a given time. Here's why I say die on love triangles!!. It's what they do to the females in particular that drives me nuts! In the beginning, the heroine is fresh faced, likable, ordinary even then BAM! She scored herself two gorgeous guys and suddenly she's this whiney, feeling pretty, self centered beeotch who will tease her suitors to death, sometimes literally, because she can't make up her mind!! Bitch trust me, you ain't all that.


  2. VIRGINS: In this day and age where sex has become a marketing tool, I admire virgins who managed to keep their legs closed up until they're (new) adults, that takes a lot of discipline not to cash it in with the first gorgeous guy that asks for it. What I dislike is said virgins turn to sluts at the drop of a pin and they usually do so when the lucky guy in question is as rich or richer than Croesus! Really?! And here I thought you know that your hymen in invaluable, I wasn't aware that there's a bidding war going on. Also, and correct me if I'm wrong here, I have yet to meet a virgin who, regardless of textbook knowledge and hundreds of hours of porn, knows EXACTLY what to do in the sack. Like their skills are so on point I wonder if they've been practicing using a different orifice. 

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  3. BORED BILLIONAIRES: This partnered with virgins AND BDSM makes me want to pull my hair out. There's only a handful of ways where you can reinvent, Christian Grey, okay! And is being a billionaire so boring the only thing that can break the monotony is a virgin sex slave so naive, and sometimes stupid, she'll agree to be tied, hit, gagged, and fucked seven ways to Sunday? What happened to world travelling, mergers and acquisitions, swimming with sharks, or going to the moon/Mars? And is kink limited to the 1% only? 

  4. FUCK THE PROBLEMS literally. This is popular with super angsty reads. I'm not a prude so I can appreciate the value of a good lay but surely you can't fuck your problems away PERMANENTLY?! There's not enough orgasms in the world that can exorcise your demons or make your traumatic past disappear regardless of your partner's hotness factor. 

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  6. CRIMINALS: I'm going to be biased here and say that I can tolerate anti-heroes in fantasy books, assassins, hunters, etc. because they operate on a different code. But criminals on contemporary romances? Nope! I know bad guys need some loving too but let's stop glamorizing this type of "forbidden love" okay? And I can assure you 99% of them don't look like these two:

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  7. INSTA-LOVE: Insta-lust yes but love?! Nah!

  8. MARY SUE & HER ZANY BFF: Why does the BFF aka supporting female cast, has to be funnier and more interesting than the heroine? Why can't the BFF be the heroine if she has more to offer in the personality department ergo make the story more engaging and upbeat? And Mary Sue types? Please! Nobody's THAT perfect and lovable, more often than not, it's these types who have a lot to hide. 

  9. CONDOMS ARE OPTIONAL: You just met a guy, don't know shit about him, things got hot and heavy, you're on the pill and hornier than you've ever been and you want the peen stat! You hesitate then he says "I'm clean," you take his word for it and allows him entrance to paradise and the angels sing. This is where Christian Grey has my vote, he made a big production out of getting tested and he did NOT allow Ana to take his word for it and vice versa, virgin or not. Come on authors, with all the rabid diseases out there please do your part and promote SAFE FUCKING! 



  10. I ran out of things to gripe about today and I'm sure I missed out on a few. Now it's your turn to share your thoughts, what's your least favorite book trope?



I know it's a day after Halloween but where I'm from, we don't really celebrate All Hallow's Eve. Instead we celebrate All Soul's Day every November 2nd in which we honor our dearly departed by visiting their graves and sharing spooky stories. 


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orry to those who doesn't qualify, postage is a bitch but I'll make it up to you soon!








40 comments:

  1. OMFG, I love, LOVE this post, Braine! I've lucked out this year with the YA I've read in that I've barely run into any love triangles. And as someone who is rather skeptical of love at first sight, I can't stand insta-love and get really angry when it ruins an otherwise good book.

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    1. Amen sister! I think some authors finally listened to their readers because love triangles and insta-love aren't as popular anymore except for some series which started when those were the trend.

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  2. OMG. I wish I thought of this post. I like love triangles if they are well thought-out, but sometimes they get too much, especially in YA these days. The anti-hero is okay, if it is written well, but when it's bad, it can ruin the book.

    Grace

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    1. That's why I barely read MC books, it glorifies cheating and misogyny and I just can't stand it!

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  3. 'kay, first off! Your rant could have been me any number of times when I go off in my reviews at this story or that. I didn't see a thing I disagreed with and would add the TSTL (too stupid) gals to the list. I'm also not fond of those who feel they are 'broken' or 'can never have a relationship' or are 'guy/gal haters' over some of the flimsiest reason.

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    1. OMG so true! I wanted to add broken to the list but I think it'll open a can of worms esp from the NA fans, they do love their broken characters.

      Feel free to piggy back on this post, let's discuss this over the blogosphere!!

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    2. LOL! That is so funny. You read my mind. I almost mentioned that the 'broken' was more of an NA trope, but then stopped and reconsidered my words.

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  4. I couldn't agree with you more on some of these, which is why while I love the NA genre, I had to take a break from it. Too many familiar tropes.

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    1. I very rarely read NA, they seem to have their own trend and almost everyone's writing is based on that blueprint.

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  5. Matey, LOL!! Very entertaining post. I mix my reads / genres up an awful lot so I don't get the same trope over and over. Very glad I don't have these tropes in my book. :) You might nut me :D

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    1. Pahahaha! I sure would tell you ;)

      I mix my genres too but I think the authors can't help it sometimes. If they want to sell their books, they have include what their readers want. And I think there's a lot of readers out there who are big fans of some of the tropes I mentioned.

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  6. Oh yes. Yes. Yes. And yes! Omg. Reasons why my reading choices have been sporadic lately. I'm tired of these story arches. But since they're so popular, and I can't tell anyone how to write, I'm just going to…read something else. Thanks.

    Great post!

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    1. I feel ya, that's why I read women's fiction on the sly. That genre is the most original I think in terms of plot, etc.

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  7. AMEN to all of those! But especially number 4. That makes my eyes bleed. I'd really like to nuke all of these tropes. We need new ones!

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  8. LOL I really don't have an issue with any trope. The blessing of jumping around so often from genre/heat levels I think :) Insta-love though blerg. That is SO rarely done well though a couple authors do manage to pull it off. The condoms kills me. I wouldn't have put that as a trope but just a thing I hate when they're not used no matter the storyline. I need those in there or I cannot stop thinking OMG NO!! What are you doing?! You don't know where that's been!! ::shudder:: lol

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    1. I think it's usually in BDSM where condoms are sort of a must. In contemporary romances, it's usually not there when the MCs say I'M CLEAN like they're supposed to take their word for it.

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  9. Omg yes yes yes! to all of them. SIGH!

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  10. Braine, I think I really, really love you! How did you get inside my brain to write out that list? I agree with absolutely everything you said, especially the virgin part *sighs*
    And it's truly not that I have anything about virgins, but 26-year old women who have never slept with a guy because they want to save it for later or haven't met the right guy yet don't seem like the kind of woman who would bring a rock-star home and then continuously bang him all over her house - without using a condom - and you know, have several orgasms because he's just that good with his hands/tongue/peen/whatever.
    And love triangles have been around since medieval literature and knights fell in love with King Arthur's precious Guenivere! What I always find weird is that in all the love-triangles I've read, its the girl who has two guys lusting after her - why is that? Would we think a guy with two love interests was a douche?
    And even if I actually believe in love at first sight in real life - though I don't think it happens very often, and that two people still need time to get to know each other - I'm sick and tired of reading about characters who profess their undying love for each other seconds after they met; and stuck their tongues down each others' throats.
    I'm going to stop writing now, because I really agree with all your points - billionaires are so bored they're boring... office romances are so overdone, and not all that sexy... And I automatically take off a star for the no-condom-trope!!

    Awesome post, Braine! Have a spectacular Sunday :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Virgins - right on, sister! I'd think a 26 yo virgin is way worse than a teen because there's full disclosure there and it's by principle or what-not that made her hold on to her hymen bad. I expect these women to have high standards.

      Love triangle - so true, it's a double standard. If it's a guy he's a whore if it's a girl it's ok... but sometimes I feel she's a whore too LOL.

      And I love you too, Lexxie. Great minds ;)

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  11. I can't fuck my problems away?? Shit! ;) hehe
    Yeah, no such thing as insta-love. I can't stand when they don't use condoms. Sure, guys don't lie, right? And don't even get me started on the virgin thing!

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    1. Well you can try just let me know if it works and how you did it. That would be so awesome if tomorrow I wake up a millionaire thanks to lots of orgasms LOL

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    2. LOL Jennifer... I thought it was hips that didn't lie.

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  12. You know I love your post! And you're totally right! SO many htings annoying. The one thing that I can like its a good love triangle because sometimes it's well done but in the end I'm mixed because I usually want the 2 guys (because well it's usually 2 guys for 1 girl) and when the girl chooses I'm not that happy. But well. The worst thing is insta-love for me, I hate that!!!! It's terrible. Virgins are so cliché too, always the same. Well, great post!

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    1. Yeah I'm so tired of picking "teams" and I'm with you, I also hate it when the heroine picks the other team.

      Thanks, Melliane :)

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  13. LOL This was a great way to start my Monday morning, Braine. You made me laugh! I completely agree with your gripes here. I've gotten seriously bored with NA lately because of many of these tropes. I'm sure there is an author that can do one of these tropes *right* and I'd absolutely love it, but... Great post, lady!! And thanks for the giveaway. I have one too right now - on MY TBR List post. :)

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    1. I'll go check it out, if things align we might end up swapping books LOL

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  14. I'm just going to say I love this Fudging post! I'm giving you a "amen sista" highfive over the internet

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  15. oh wow, Braine! You made my day with this post! SO behind you on all this! Okay, point by point: 1. only of they jump in the sack together then they can triangulate all they like LOL 2. the worst for me isn't the knowledge of techniques in theory, it's the multiple orgasms on the first go :) It takes practice especially for a woman to relax to the point of feeling everything and knowing your body reactions well enough to let go and have an orgasm with a bloody stranger. So unless he sticks a vibrator to her clitoris it's highly unlikely she will have one in the first few times they are having full on sex. This is my pet peeve in anything apart from paranormal where a magical vampire bite can bring an orgasmic experience in a woman :) Then I'm okay. 3. Ditto.I bet Richard Branson doesn't have that problem! 4. It's literally fucked up and I love that gif! 5. There are exceptions but criminal behaviour shouldn't be sugarcoated and justified in such romances. 6.-7. Bleh. 8. Such stupidity is only justified when they are both teens.

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    1. Sir Richard Branson was the exact person I was thinking about re: billionaires. Hello! Lady Gaga concerto en route to Mars? I want!

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  16. Hahahaha.. you preach it girlfriend. Yep, sometimes it works but when these go wrong they go oh so wrong! How about the condom that doesn't get removed? Oh I agree on the BFF's sometimes I want them to get the guy and ditch the heroine..lol Thanks for the laugh :)

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    1. That is disgusting! I don't want to be the one to pull it out, all moldy and shit!

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  17. This is why I <3 you lol Yes to condoms and the last bit you said about virgins I've thought a time or two when their characters are like that

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    1. Kresley Cole's heroine in The Professional is the perfect example of a virgin whore

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  18. Yessssss! This post has made me irrationally happy. Truly. My favorite is the SPN picture with LR, AR on the guys' arrest photos. But seriously, I'm sick of so much of this.

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    1. Someone needs to come up with new tropes, seriously

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