Those who love reading books know that a good book can bring you all kinds of different feelings: it can make time fly really fast, train your imagination, or teach you something valuable. Bored Panda already made a list of books that everyone should read before turning 30, but there is no wrong time for a good book.

One of the greatest things in following a story is being fully drawn to it by a plot twist, characters, and their unpredictable choices. Have you ever read a book and stopped a minute just to wonder how it was possible for someone to come up with such a story?

There is a saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, and one of the things that fascinate people about reading is that you don’t know where it might take you. And even though there are many great books, sometimes the storyline can become predictable. 

Having this in mind, Reddit user u/R_J2 asked others “What are some common tropes in books that you hate?” This question encouraged people online to share and discuss cliches they find used in books too often. 

What annoying tropes do you find in books? Share your thoughts in the comments down below!

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#1

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes Miscommunication leading to conflict.

Especially when the characters point blank refuse to utter another word to each other, even when a simple sentence of explanation could resolve the entire problem.

Forced drama like that makes me hate a book.

MyVeloute , Michael Reppenhagen Report

Harry Potter
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2 months ago

Oh god this is me and Ron during the Triwizard Tournament

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#2

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes I feel like oftentimes characters are able to read just a little too much simply by looking into another's eyes. "She looked into his eyes and saw hope with a tinge of sadness, layered with uncertainty mixed with conviction."

Obviously that's a bit of an exaggeration, but you see my point.

nic0lk , Gauthier DELECROIX - 郭天 Report

HoneyBun Arts
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2 months ago (edited)

She looked into his eyes and saw that he had a morgage coming up. So she winked and wiggled her eyebrows like a fool until he understood that she was going to pay off his house and they lived happily ever after as just friends.

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#3

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes Basically, anything where "No" from a female character means "you haven't earned my trust yet and I act ~uppity~ due to modern feminism; you must prove yourself by protecting me from the danger I walked into due to my childish refusal to listen to men; only then will my inner woman be unlocked". *gag*

I hate hate everything about that trope and it needed to have died in the 80's.

Bonus: she's got an endearing reason to be super insecure, like a small birthmark, or being held prisoner her whole life. Here, "no" means "I can't believe anyone will find me beautiful and it's going to take some persistence to persuade me you do"

F**k everything about these "women don't really mean it when they refuse you" tropes.

baitnnswitch , freestocks.org Report

Carmen Sandiego
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2 months ago

CRINGE and dangerous.

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#4

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes "Two people of opposite sex have to solve this problem together. There is no way in hell that they aren't going to fall in love, that would just be weird. What are friends or colleagues?"

MonkeyBeanSalad , Jonathan Cutrer Report

Carmen Sandiego
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2 months ago (edited)

Right? Like I have lots of friends and colleagues of the opposite sex, and they are all completely normal, platonic relationships. Even worse when the woman is all 'strong and independent' (which really just means overly violent) in the beginning, but 'softens down' when she falls in love with the lead male. Oh, and someone or the other almost always has a tragic backstory.

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#5

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes I definitely dislike ‘enemies to lovers’ but more so as a librarian myself I cannot stand the ‘mousy, no personality, meek librarian who solves the day’ storyline. Librarians definitely kick butt but we are not all mousy, bland women!

lookylouboo , Christopher John SSF Report

Norma
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2 months ago

Where is this? I must go there now.

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#6

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes My biggest pet peeve in books is the chosen one trope. It’s okay when you’re a kid but when you’re an adult you just see lazy writing

Another trope I hate is the rough exterior “b****y” woman with a heart of gold who predictably falls for the hero, like we get it fellas, it’s your fantasy to win over women who aren’t interested in you one bit

Lastly the “weird” girl who doesn’t know shes conventionally attractive trope, she doesn’t care about dresses or boys or “girly” things so she never got attention despite being beautiful and approachable for the main character to romance, like please

santichrist , Dennis van Zuijlekom Report

Carmen Sandiego
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2 months ago (edited)

THIS X 100000

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#7

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes As a woman who married a widower, I really dislike romances where one of them was married before, and even if he or she thought it was a happy relationship, they have to find out how secretly evil and twisted their first love was before they can fall in love with the new love interest. Like... it's possible to be in love more than once in your life. It doesn't undervalue your present relationship to say your last one was also good. Especially when the person is dead.

Far-Adagio4032 , neajjean Report

Amy Broderick
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2 months ago

ala Rebecca

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#8

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes Hard-drinking, heavy-smoking, emotionally-disconnected, gruff-rough-and-tough, rumpled-trench-coat-wearing, middle-aged, wife-left-me-because-I'm-a-shitty-husband, blues/jazz-loving, I'll-do-it-my-way, hang-the-consequences, lone-wolf detective that manages to always get-their-man. Yawn.

Finiam , Garry Knight Report

Norma
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2 months ago

And eventually wins over smoking hot doctor/pathologist/detective/attorney.

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#9

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes Making a girl obnoxious and extremely confrontational means they’re strong and independent. This is also done purely because the character is a girl.

There are so many better ways to portray this but some authors get really weird when writing women.

AbbaFanClub , Liam Lysaght Report

Carmen Sandiego
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2 months ago

As I mentioned before, and they almost ALWAYS fall in love and become more submissive.

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#10

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes How about the " I'm just an average teenage girl...who has superpowers....three love interests....always getting into trouble and then miraculously saved. Blame everyone for my problems and never take responsibility. And by the final book in my series I will not have learned or grown in any way but I'm still somehow the heroine" trope. I've read too many bad YA lol

eriebee , Adam B Report

Carmen Sandiego
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2 months ago

Again CRINGE as frick

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#11

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes As a twin myself, pretty much every twin-related trope you can think of. No, we’re not creepy or psychic, we’re not two halves of the same coin, one of us is not the evil one, and we both don’t want to have s*x with you. Thanks.

Edited: I know I worded it in a purposefully funny way, but all of the “oh so you’re the evil twin then” responses are a little exhausting, friends

IndytheIntrepid , i kwan Report

L.j. Bus
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2 months ago

And all twins have swapped their partner at least once without the partner knowing it.

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#12

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes It is the « I am the chosen one but I hate it and just want to be normal » trope. It’s super common in books and I feels that it prevent the plot from moving forward and leads to many chapters (sometimes it is the whole book) where the protagonist complains about it every two pages for finally accepting them for the grater good.

R_J2 , Gareth Williams Report

Harry Potter
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2 months ago

*looks away*

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#13

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes When the main character is a Plain Jane and dogging herself out throughout the entire book until the snarky blonde boy says she's beautiful/like a firecracker/not like other girls/Sooooo unique

TheSilverCrystal , c.art Report

Carmen Sandiego
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2 months ago

PURE CRINGE

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#14

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes People getting „sorted“ in a specific group. After the success of HP every fantasy book I read as a teen had some sort of „you are part of this group thing“ going and damn it was annoying. You can‘t all copy the Hogwarts houses. Get some new ideas

gizmuo , Henry Burrows Report

Iʕ •ᴥ•ʔ
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2 months ago

I agree , it’s AGGRAVATING

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#15

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes The main character carrying a terrible, horrendous, shameful burden that is alluded to constantly. Turns out to be something very common.

zeropercentsurprised , J Stimp Report

Otter
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2 months ago

I remember one Fantasy genre series where the burden that the hero caried was that... he had Hansen's Disease, a.k.a. Leprosy. At least that time, the author picked an uncommon burden!

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#16

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes Protagonists who refuse to respect their friends' ability to make their own decisions in some misguided attempt to "protect" them.

blankbox11 , Christof Timmermann Report

R Carson
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2 months ago

Sounds like real life.

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#17

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes For some reason I’ve never liked the plot of someone unjustly accused who has to solve the crime & clear their name

ragazza68 , fsecart Report

R Carson
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2 months ago

No shortage of those.

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#18

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes I love urban fantasy books, though they often fall into paranormal romance, which I don't care for quite as much. I can always tell when it's going to get romantic and who the protagonist is going to be romantic with because it will always describe the guy's pants.

gothichomemaker , Rachel Johnson Report

Carmen Sandiego
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2 months ago

*shudder*

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#19

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes Beautiful young ingénue (who is incredibly attractive and somehow doesn't realise it) meets older, emotionally damaged man, and fixes him. A la 50 shades of grey.

magical_elf , Caroline Report

Otter
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2 months ago

The lover-as-free-therapist trope has totally turned me off the fluffy romance genre. And it doesn't do a lot for my enthusiasm for dating in real life, either.

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#20

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes When a character is a runner, because they want to be free/get away from where they are.

When a character likes maths or science, because it's binary right and wrong.

Just two very tired characterisation tropes.

RosaReilly , bark Report

Henry Cheves
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2 months ago

Science isn't binary! There are many different ways to be right or wrong!

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#21

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes I hate love triangel.

Edit: just got told that it is a love corner.

Ilhja , Susanne Nilsson Report

Seabeast
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2 months ago

How about a love polyhedron?

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#22

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes The families opposition in a relationship and particularly the excessively rich family who do there best to destroy this relationship...

Come on guys be original. I hate this trope more than my school's years.

And the fifty shades of Gray's trope with the rich man and the desperately uninteresting women and their even more uninteresting life in bed. Please no.

AaroufGangsta , m01229 Report

Bear Hall
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2 months ago

Uhm, but it makes sense. Money usually marries money and many rich man, like Jeffrey Epstein, go after young women with corrupting motives.

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#23

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes Tragic backstories that are never brought up again after they're introduced or effect the character. Only ever used for cheap sympathy.

TippedWalrus , freestocks.org Report

denzoren
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2 months ago

His father died at the hands of a mobster while he looked on. Anyways, John works as a Kindergarten teacher who loves to play the piano.

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#24

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes Love triangles. Trauma via r**e for "character growth". And the chosen one which usually means a mary sue.

SkepticDrinker , Pedro Ribeiro Simões Report

K Witmer
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2 months ago

This is the worst in books and movies or when the mans story is propelled by the woman's rape or death. It's so annoying and there's no need for it.

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#25

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes Bad guy/group who never gives up. Like ever. Even right before imminent death, not a shadow of hesitation.

Related - good guy always giving bad guy one final choice to walk away or end the fight. Bad guy never does and “earns” his ultimate death/destruction and not just mere defeat.

that_one_isnt_taken , Matthew G Report

ENEBETH PARKER
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2 months ago

90% action movies

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#26

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes Fake dating. Is my life just boring because I have never met anyone who has ever participated in fake dating. Seems so stupid and unrealistic to me.

ermyneeandwheezy , My United States of Whatever Report

denzoren
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2 months ago

What's fake dating? Like seriously....I don't have a lot of relationship experience so I honestly don't know.

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#27

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes I'm actually tired of franchise starters.
I love fantasy and scifi, but I almost never see a oneshot any more.
This is, I believe, due to how shitty writers are paid. They have to build a following, an audience, to generate a somewhat stable income, and pretty much the only way they can do this is by binding readers to their name and brand.
Because they always have one more book in the works you guys.
In movies, this has already become annoying.
But there's still plenty of "single serving" movies in every genre, so I don't have to go see Pirates of The Carribean 8, right?
With fantasy and scifi books, all I see is series. Come on! Another series that ends on a cliffhanger, with an author that has taken half a decade to "prepare the ending" while working on other projects and even starting other series?????
Game of Thrones isn't even over yet. Not really. Because the book ain't out.
I'm currently stuck on 3 series, man, each with waiting period of YEARS.

TheWordShaker , Blake Patterson Report

Amy Broderick
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2 months ago

The Dresden Files is exactly this but it's too appealing to give up

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#28

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes "Billionaire player MC1 who lives in a modern minimalist decorated home who is a commitment-phobe but somehow falls head over heels for MC2"

NoeTellusom , andrewarchy Report

#29

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes The amnesiac spy. Bourne was good. Everyone else sucks.

blacksad1 , Global Panorama Report

Bear Hall
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2 months ago

How about the amnesiac accountant? And Bourne started to suck after the first 300 pages.

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#30

“I Am The Chosen One But I Hate It”: People In This Online Group Share 30 Of The Most Annoying Book Tropes Prophecy. It's mostly another word for plot armor. As soon as it's introduced, there isn't much tension to the conflict anymore.

Now it does work when the prophecy was fake or misinterpreted since that creates a discussion on blind faith or the characters are suddenly in real danger because the higher powers aren't looking out for them.

detective_number_9 , Chris Report

Tim Pillinger
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2 months ago

For he IS the Kwisatz Haderach

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