I love talking about book tropes. So why not talk about tropes in one of the most popular book genres? I don’t read a lot of paranormal books, because I find most cliche. However, I have read some that are absolutely wonderful.
If they are well-written, paranormal books are a great read, ewpecially when they have strong characters. But, this doesn’t mean I don’t have my issues with them. Most times, it is the similarities you see in all paranormal books.
Tropes are great, but I also think they should be creative. No idea is completely your own, but it is how you make it into yours that makes it special. Now, let’s get to the tropes I think we need to stop seeing in paranormal books. Everything on this list is my personal opinion and you may or may not agree with them.
1) Paranormal Book Trope: Sexy Monster
I know sexy is good, trust me. I want sexy, but he is also a monster. Monsters should terrify, not have beautiful blue eyes. How about we have a trope of monster characters with sexy human forms and terrifying monster forms? The best of both worlds, right?
2) Paranormal Book Trope: Everything Has To Be Erotic
The question here is, are all paranormal books romantic? Do we have paranormal books and paranormal romance? Because everything I read is paranormal ‘erotic’ romance. I seriously don’t know the difference with this trope.
Why do you have to make their sex life the focus of the entire story? Every chapter has a sex scene. It is fun at first but when everything is about sex and how ‘huge’ all the male supernatural beings are, I roll my eyes.
3) Paranormal Book Trope: Possession/Ownership As Love
I did not realize when possessive love became a cool or sexy trope. In paranormal books, a powerful alpha character loves a woman possessively almost every time. I hate it when I read words like “you are mine, I have claimed you”.
The woman is treated as an object for sex, even though the alpha claims to love her more than anything.
4) Paranormal Book Trope: Love Triangle
I really dislike love triangle tropes, and it is getting old. For paranormal books, it is even worse. It is always a human love triangle with two different species. Do I date the wolf or the vampire? Do I date the demon or the angel? Why don’t you just sleep with both of them and get it out of your system?
I just think this is a strange message to pass on, because it normalizes cheating. If you are no longer into your boyfriend, leave and move to the person you are now into.
Which of these paranormal book tropes do you love or think should stop?