Six Fantasy Tropes I Enjoy | #wyrdandwonder | #toptentuesday 236

Wyrd and Wonder has started! Which means I am transforming all Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) topics too fantasy. Instead of Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party to Fantasy Tropes I enjoy. To be honest, I can’t imagine throwing a bookish party anyway.

If you want to know more of Wyrd and Wonder go here.

Every fantasy book, despite its subgenre, is going to have fantasy tropes. If you say your book does not have any, boy, have you not paid attention. While people scoff at tropes, you can’t really get around them either. It’s not about the trope itself but how you use it.

The Reluctant Hero

Examples: Thorn by Intisar Khanani | Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

I think what appeals to me the most about the reluctant hero is that I can best understand them. Why throw yourself in danger if you could hide away? Why should you be the one to save everyone? The depth that gets added, or the lack there off, is what can make or break this trope.

The Quest

Examples: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan | Tawny Man by Robin Hobb

Ah I love the simplicity of the quest. Travelling through the world and getting to know it. Slowly getting to know the characters and they each other in hardship. It makes me happy.

A Secondary World or Portal Fantasy

Examples: Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire | Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

There is something that will always appeal to my curiousity and imagination with the idea that you could step through a portal in a whole other world from our own. And yet still go back (some day).

Thief Becomes Hero

Examples: Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima | Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

The idea that someone who does something criminal is the one that ends up saving the world amuses me. Sometimes you can’t influence your life, and especially in fantasy worlds, those things can lead to a life of crime. That doesn’t mean you are an actual bad person. Also I like characters that are a bit more morally gray.


Examples: Temeraire by Naomi Novik |Β  Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Look, do I have to explain this? We all know I love dragons.


Examples: The Others by Anne Bishop | Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carragher

When one mentions shapeshifters one always thinks of werewolves first. Of course, they are the most commonly known but you can make shapeshifters out of anything. A good example of that is The Others series where there are a variety of animals that shapeshift. I love when there is more variety in those ways. But I also love when shapeshifters are just a part of the world like in Parasol Protectorate.

28 thoughts on “Six Fantasy Tropes I Enjoy | #wyrdandwonder | #toptentuesday 236

  1. Dragons are gonna be a big yes from me, please and thank you! You for sure don’t have to explain yourself on that one. xD Thief (or really any villainous type) becoming a hero is a big one for me, too! I love books that exist in shades of gray.


  2. These are some of my favs as well. I love portal fantasy and quests and DRAGONS!! of course. I love Hartman’s Seraphina books too. I’m hoping for more set in that world involving Seraphina. I wasn’t much a fan of Tess.

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  3. Love this topic you did for TTT! I’m totally there with ya on the reluctant hero, dragons, and shapeshifters! I’m also a sucker for secret identities
    ALSO omg Thorn by Intisar Khanani! It recently released, right? I’m also a sucker for fairy tale retellings, especially of The Goose Girl (cuz of that secret id trope again, haha). I need to get a hold of a copy of Thorn…

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    1. The rewritten version of Thorn was rereleased in March this year. It was originally self-published in 2012. Its really good though πŸ˜€


      1. Oooh, how do they compare? Are they a lot different? Someone recommended Thorn to me on my blog a year or two back, like right after it got the publishing deal, so it was not longer available self-published and I’ve been eagerly waiting for it to be re-released! Glad to hear you enjoyed it! πŸ˜€

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    2. I didn’t read both versions. Just the new one because I was just too late like you. But my friend has read both and said that they are both just as great. That the important elements from the first one were carried over. But the second edition is almost twice as long so a lot more was also added.

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  4. Thief as hero and Reluctant hero are two favourites of mine too πŸ™‚ See also: grumpy old adventurers who are too old for this nonsense (a traditional buddy cop / crime trope, but I want to see more in fantasy)

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