YA Cliche Tropes and Their Alternatives
C'mon there's gotta be more than this
- •The romance in the friend groupWhy does it always happen? There are just too many examples, but how about... Main character falls in love with a secondary one; M.C. just doesn't date; M.C. likes another M.C. outside their friend group; M.C. dates someone that is important to them but doesn't take part in the story line
- •The love triangleI've noticed it's always girls. What? Spice it up a bit (or in this case even it out) and make the main interest a boy. Conversations between the two girls can be very different from the m/m ones.
- •The bad/dead parentsAll I want is a main character with a funny, loving and at times ridiculous family. A realistic family. Bonus points if it's a huge one.
- •The Mary SueShe's beauty, she's grace and so on. Sometimes it's better if the M.C. is a little mean, sloppy or even a tad bit stupid. It happens to people.
- •The good one turns bad turns goodBecause there's nothing more predictable than making a good character a traitor and then saving him in the last minute by making him good again. Alternatives: traitor dies a traitor; traitor dies a good one; traitor doesn't die and continues on to be the next super villain
- •The "never in my life have I broken rules"Sure, Jan. Sometimes authors like to make characters extra innocent as if kids their age don't go to parties and get black out drunk without their parents knowing. A few ideas; M.C. is unapologetically partying when they can; M.C. drinks beer AND gets good grades; M.C. has cool parents that let M.C. go to wild parties;
- •The daddy issues boy next doorHe's so mysterious I wonder what has happened to him. Aaah, yes. Violent father. How surprising. Never thought about a good father/son relationship? How about a father that lets his son do whatever but doesn't know that's harmful? Maybe a bratty son and a good dad? Please
- •The chosen one that's extremely powerfulI bet it would be a lot of fun if the chosen one were a rather weak one. A stupid one. A character that doesn't care they were chosen. A bad leader.
- •And lastly
- •The loving main characterWe need more vicious, cruel and selfish main characters with good character development.