Top 5 Wednesday | July 29: Favorite Character Tropes


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You basically get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. Head over to the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of Wednesday-ers if you’re interested in participating!

Today’s topic is “Favorite Character Tropes.” These are in no particular order.

5. A character falls in love with their best friend.

I remember a few years ago when this trope was used constantly, and I was starting to get sick of it. But it’s been forever since I read this in a book, and I miss it. It’s such a sweet thing to read if it’s written well. Both characters have this chemistry which you already know exists, and it’s fun reading about how they may or may not manage to look past what they have to what else might be in store for them.

Recommendation: One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

4. When a character falls in love with someone they used to hate

Some of my favorite ships include this trope. I love this aspect of getting to know someone better and realizing that your initial perception of them wasn’t as accurate as you thought. It presents an interesting conflict for the protagonist.

Recommendation: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

3. Villains who have a tormented past

I like twisted villains, I do. But I like it more when a twisted villain has a tormented past, something that gives their perspective a nod. I firmly believe that if a story was written from a villain’s point of view, he/she would not be the villain. And if an author can somewhat ‘redeem’ the villain without him/her being the main narrator, I’m impressed.

Recommendation: Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone #1) by Leigh Bardugo

2. The smart heroine

Okay, so everybody knows that I love a kick-ass female character. But a lot of authors seem to think that kick-ass = Katniss, and that’s it. This thinking has led to a ton of books with characters that seem like copies of Katniss Everdeen, which is why I find myself withdrawing from these new characters. BUT. I love it when a girl may not be a physically skilled, but she uses her superior thinking, her wits, her experience, and her sheer brain-power to knock down everybody in her way. These girls may dress well, may be obsessed with their hair, but boy, you should stay away from them.

Recommendation: The Winner’s Curse (Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

1. Anti-heroes

A morally ambiguous main character. He/she’s not a villain, but he/she’s not a ‘hero’ either. It presents an interesting conflict for the reader and the secondary characters- you know whose side you’re supposed to be on, but sometimes, you’re not too comfortable being on said person’s side. Love it.

Recommendation: Vicious by V.E. Schwab


  1. Yessss for anti-heroes! Love, love, love them. So much more depth to a character.
    I also love layered villains. Makes it hard to hate them.

    Great list! Mine was particularly hard to think of.

  2. Ah! I love all your picks and can most definitely agree. I can’t help but love the tortured villains. I appreciate when authors can redeem their villains externally.
    I also love the best friends fall in love trope and the hate to love trope. The hate to love trope is one of my most FAVOURITES ever and it’s simply my guilty pleasure. xoxo

      • Hmm, I can’t think of many off the top of my head. There is the Inheritance Cycle series which has a wonderful hate to love romance in it, and I’d also consider Angelfall to have a hate to love relationship. 😄

  3. Anti-heroes are my favourites as well! I love the moral greyness that surrounds them, and how you can’t always be sure whether you should support them or not. They’re just so interesting, and they never fail to make me love a story. 🙂

    Charlotte @ Bookmarks and Blogging

  4. I love anti heroes and layered villains, great choices! Totally have to read Vicious knowing that it’s got two of those characters 😀

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