Reacting to Tropes YOU Love and HATE | Summary and Q&A

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November 26, 2020
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Reacting to Tropes YOU Love and HATE

TL;DR

Booktuber Jesse reacts to popular and disliked book tropes, discussing their personal preferences and reasons behind them.

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Key Insights

  • 🪡 Tropes often perpetuate harmful ideas or stereotypes, such as weak characters needing help.
  • 📔 Personal experiences and emotions shape readers' preferences for different book tropes.
  • ☄️ Some tropes can be executed well and add depth to a story, while others may come across as lazy or predictable.
  • 🤕 Representation of different age groups, such as elder characters, in storytelling is important to some readers.

Questions & Answers

Q: Why does Jesse dislike characters being shown as weak if they need help?

Jesse believes it perpetuates harmful ideas of achieving great things without assistance and is rooted in ableism.

Q: What is Jesse's opinion on happy endings?

Jesse enjoys dark and somewhat depressing endings due to personal experiences and using fiction to work through deeper emotions.

Q: Why does Jesse enjoy books with talking animals as sidekicks?

Jesse finds it adds personality to the story and enjoys characters with sass or grumpiness, which also resonates with her.

Q: Why does Jesse dislike villains explaining their plans?

Jesse believes it is a lazy writing technique to avoid creating a proper plan for the protagonist to escape their current situation.

Q: What is Jesse's take on love triangles?

Jesse generally dislikes love triangles but enjoyed one in the book "Loveboat Taipei" due to its execution.

Q: Why does Jesse love haunted house tropes?

Jesse believes haunted house tropes allow for the exploration of personal traumas and examining the ways in which our souls are haunted.

Q: What is Jesse's opinion on characters with hidden identities?

Jesse agrees with the dislike for characters using hidden identities to drive the plot, as it often feels lazy and predictable.

Q: Why does Jesse appreciate female-male platonic friendships in books?

Jesse believes it is essential to portray complex relationships between men and women without always involving romance.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Jesse asks her audience about their favorite and least favorite book tropes.

  • She discusses tropes like characters shown as weak if they need help and elder characters being underrepresented.

  • Jesse shares her love for dark and depressing endings, talking animals as sidekicks, and romance with bad choices.

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