Writing Tip 36: Fantasy tropes that can use some work

These are some fantasy tropes that I really don’t like to read about, well at least the ones I’ve read are not that great. These tropes have been done well in some books but in many and I mean many, needs a lot of improvement. Its cool to use these tropes but when used correctly, it can turn into an amazing read.

I have explained in my previous post what is the definition of tropes so you can check those out if you haven’t read them to find out more.

Let’s get to it.

1. The chosen one

The issue is not that there is a chosen one but the real issue is that the chosen one doesn’t fit the role of being the chosen one. For example, whiny characters that are passive, can’t do anything for themselves, has everyone protecting them, and they suck miserably at the job.

The worst thing is that their attitude doesn’t change until probably 60% into the story and even then the other characters are the ones doing all the fighting and problem-solving.

2. The scorn hero

It’s usually a guy with some sort of issue. The issues are usually emotionally related either a dead close relative probably a sibling or lover more often than not a terrible heartbreak. The guy was probably a soldier, an agent, or hit man or somewhere along those lines. This guy has sworn to never love again, he has been scorn, and his heart broken into a million pieces. He usually has a vice (drinker, smoker, messy etc). He saves everyone, contemplates about his existence, and sleeps around with a lot of women or not sleep around at all. Until one day the special one comes (which 9 times out of 10 has nothing special going on other than she’s a sexy girl) and pieces his heart back together and mends to his emotional wounds.

It’s okay to have this guy as a supporting character but not as the main character because every fantasy book is about this emotionally unstable hero.

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3. Misrepresentation of characters

Not having any sort of ethnic characters or sexual orientation representation. Every character in the story is a flawless Caucasian heterosexual male or female with green eyes, blond hair, tall, and handsome or sexy. If there is any other ethnicity or LGBQT they are the first to die or are the villain and ultimately dies. Or if they happen to make it through the story they are a slave or the hired help with a minimal and unimportant role. I know I’m one of the misrepresented crew in the bunch.

The entire cast has the same characteristics as if the author lives in a world where diversity doesn’t exist. Even when Jesus was on Earth there were people of different race, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation and etc. So stop being biased and add us to the mix give us meaningful roles.

By the way, do your research if you are going to include other races in your book because you can offend a lot of people if you don’t do it correctly.

4. Sexism

Most sexism in stories are usually towards women and in real life, this occurs to men as well but they are never in books. If this story is a fantasy made up people in a made-up storyline why is there sexism and why can’t you write it off or give me a reason why it exists.

Don’t worry I’ll wait!

5. Sexy obnoxious douchebag monster and fairies

He’s the mysterious handsome werewolf that swoons all the ladies but he’s an asshole. Or the fairies that are sexy but are also an asshole.

Why do they have to be assholes and treat girls like objects? They usually don’t treat their counterparts like a doormat its usually towards their love interest. Why who knows? Oh, wait I know you wrote them that way. Can we please stop writing about the douchebag part of the monster or fairies?


6. The unimpressed problem-solving technique

This is where the solution to the problem is solved by something that was so simple and obvious from the beginning. The characters had such a long journey, fought, blood was splattered everywhere, and body parts smacking everyone and left readers at the edge of their seats. Only to come to the end to realize that the relic was in Billy John’s pocket all this time or the sword was hidden under the same rock they circled around like 15 times, or the villain had to see a picture of their mom to crawl away never to be seen again. The best one is when magic solves the problem at the end when the protagonist had said magic to begin with. The characters had access to the solution but they never noticed it.

Seriously! This is BS. I hate stories like that. I dedicated a lot of reading hours to come to the end for this crap. I get so mad because I’ve read a lot of books like this or the main character dies off because the writer wasn’t clever enough to figure out how to solve the issue they created. Which makes me think what was the point to this book?

The trope reader association federation emancipation proclamation squad (I totally just made that up) demands that we stop writing about these tropes. If there are any other tropes you despise that I’ve missed let me know in the comments.



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