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- I find Twitter an extremely useful tool in finding information about these injustices and ways to help. As well as Change.org for petitions!
This is meant to be a timed tag, however, as with some other timed YouTube book tags, I won’t be doing that part. It’s definitely fun to watch in video format but doesn’t really add anything in the blogging realm.
There are 2 rules, and as one is about the time I’m only following the first rule which is: 1) You can only use a book once in this challenge.
There are 20 prompts, so let’s get started!
The Tropes You’re Looking For In This Challenge Are:
1) Love Triangle/Love V
- A Book Featuring a Character with Two Love Interests:
This is a hard one…
I’ve read many, but one that I really like and is very well done is The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Both Will and Jem are a good pairing for Tess and I wanted everyone to be happy. I wasn’t disappointed with the outcome, although polyamory does exist and that would have been the best option for these three (without the extenuating Jem circumstances), but that’s not a conversation for here 😂
2) Enemies To Lovers
- A Book Featuring Two Characters That Begin as Enemies & Then it Turns Into Love/Lust:
This is pretty common, especially with fantasy/urban fantasy (those being what I read the most of). The one that comes to mind most prominently is the Captive Prince Trilogy; C.S. Pacat. This has a somewhat bad reputation and rightly so, but I found the world and characters fascinating. Awful things do happen, so I’d definitely check out trigger warnings if you need them before reading.
3) The Chosen One
- A Book Featuring a Character Destined to Save Everyone/The World:
There’s the obvious, but nope. I thought I would find this easy, but apparently I don’t read the right kind of fantasy 😅
Oh, Darren Shan is prophesised right? I’m counting it because his actions have the fate of the Vampires and Vampaneze in his hands. And thus the war between the two kinds will impact the entire world. These books have a special place in my heart ♥ and I will forever be salty about how bad the film is!
4) Found Family
- A Book Showing Characters Creating a Chosen Family From Friends & Those Closest to Them:
Maximum Ride by James Patterson and his ghost-writer was probably my first experience of this trope. These characters are human/bird hybrids and escaped the laboratory with the help of one of the doctors. The Flock has a strong familial bond and Max tends to take on the role of guardian. These books are great and the relationships are special and near and dear to my heart.
Everything after book 3 is trash though.
5) Grey Morality
- A Book Featuring Characters That Don’t Appear Either Good or Bad:
The only thing I could think of was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. And even then I’m not really sure. I suppose the characters do morally grey actions in that they’ll take on jobs for the money and commit other crimes – most of them literally work for a gang. However, with their own actions there is normally an element of righteousness. Correct me if I’m wrong!
6) Competitions, Games Or Tournaments
- A Book Featuring One of These as a Core Element Directly Involving the Characters:
The Hunger Games; Suzanne Collins. This is the obvious choice and I’m sticking with it. Every year the Hunger Games take place – in where a boy and girl are chosen from each District to take part in a brutal game of survival – for the enjoyment of the Capitol.
7) Sibling Rivalry
- A Book That Contains Siblings Pit Against Each Other:
There is one I could use, but it’s a huge spoiler and I’ve used the book already. And the only one I can think of is one on my shelf that I haven’t read – Three Dark Crowns; Kendare Blake.
From what I know about the book, three sisters must fight to the death for the throne. It sounds intense and I really have no reason not to pick it up because I believe it’s a complete series now.
8) Revenge Plot
- A Book That Contains a Character/Characters Whose Motivation is Fuelled by Revenge:
Ooh Six of Crows would have been good for this… Can I cheat and choose Crooked Kingdom? 😂
Oh! A Song of Wraiths and Ruin; Roseanne Brown. One character in particular has revenge as one of their main motives, while another has that laced with the need for recovering something precious. This book is West African inspired and follows the intertwined lives of a princess in need of the heart of a king and a boy who makes a deal with a spirit. It’s fantastic and I highly recommend ♥
9) Here Comes The Cavalry
- A Book That Just When Your Protagonist(s) is Going to Lose Here Comes the Unexpected Help:
A Court of Wings and Ruin; Sarah J. Maas. Not to spoil anyone, but a battle occurs in this book and it looks like they’re going to be overpowered by the enemy and then help comes from an unexpected source and right when it’s needed.
10) The Dark Lord
- A Book Containing a Character Who Appears to be Doing Evil for Evil Sake:
High Lord Akkarin from The Black Magician trilogy is an extremely powerful magician. He is a mysterious man and our main character discovers that he is taking part in dark magic and murder. At the beginning it seems that he’s just an evil man, but there is more to his character and actions.
11) The Orphaned Protagonist
- A Book Featuring a Character Whose Parents are Either Dead Before or at the Beginning of a Book:
I can’t talk about orphans and not use the Baudelaire siblings! A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is founded upon the fact that these 3 children lose their parents in a mysterious fire and end up being sent to “relatives” while evading Count Olaf and his plans to steal their fortune.
12) The Quest
- A Book Featuring the Main Protagonists Going on a Journey for a Particular Goal:
Spin the Dawn; Elizabeth Lim. This book would also have been good for the competition prompt, but fits here because Maia and Edan must embark on a long and dangerous journey to fulfil the last challenge of making three dresses from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars.
13) Friends To Lovers
- A Book Featuring Two Characters Who Have a Friend Dynamic Who Eventually Develop a Romance:
Mansfield Park; Jane Austen. Fanny and Edmund are childhood friends despite their social circumstances. As they grow older their friendship develops into a love story.
14) The Book Loving Character
- A Book Featuring a Character Who Loves Reading Books:
Back to back Austen! Mr Bennett not only loves to sit in his study to get away from the drama and antics of his wife and children, but to read! He even loves to visit Pemberley so as to spend time in Darcy’s library to browse his extensive book collection. Even Elizabeth is partial to a book (and Mary likes those boring kinds haha).
- A Book Featuring a Character (Normally the Protagonist) Who Suffers From Amnesia:
In the thriller Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson the main character Christine wakes up every morning not knowing where she is, who the reflection in the mirror is and who the man she is married to. After a traumatic accident 20 years ago, Christine is unable to form new memories. Through a therapy technique she starts to recall snippets of her past and strives to find remember the whole truth.
16) Magic School
- A Book Featuring a School Setting of the Magical Variety:
This might be cheating but I’m going for it. While Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is a school for vampires, they all have magical abilities that are connected to the elements.
I also found a list on Goodreads, which contained a few books I also own but haven’t read – The Priestess of the White; Trudi Canavan + Red Sister; Mark Lawrence.
17) The Bad Boy Character
- A Book Featuring a Character Who is Bad/Brooding + Most Commonly Paired With a Sad/Tragic Back Story:
NO! I used Six of Crows already… Kaz Brekker fits this perfectly!
I suppose Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries could work. He’s definitely bad and brooding as in the first books by L.J. Smith he’s pretty much the antagonist. The tragic back story isn’t as strong an element; I suppose the love triangle and subsequent battle between his brother is sad.
If this was about Korean drama’s I’d have a list as long as one of these novels 😂
- A Book That Features a Character Who You Thought Was Dead But is Back Back Back Again:
I’m not going to say the name because it’s a great reveal, but this happens to a character in the Arc of a Scythe trilogy. It kind of happens to a few others, but the outcome of them coming back was pretty obvious, but not the one I’m vaguely referencing 😂
Ignoring the romance, this trilogy has such a n interesting concept and some great characters.
19) Redemption Arc
- A Book Featuring a Character Who Was Previously Bad/Evil But Who Wants to Change:
This was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Apparently I don’t really read many books with redemption arcs for bad/evil characters… The only one I can think of is Snape.
I suppose that Edmund from The Chronicles of Narnia; C. S. Lewis. This child is quite mean to his siblings and at the start does go against them – turkish delight is better than your family – but obviously he realises his mistakes and wants to do and be better.
20) Forbidden Love/Romance
- A Book Featuring a Romance That Can’t Work:
The only way I can answer this prompt with the books I own is because someone dies… Or maybe the romance between the protagonist and the second male lead (is that what they’re called in books too?).
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman fits the prompt as it has a romance that can’t really work because of the social standards. Interracial relationships are looked down about due to the prejudice and racism in this society. This book made me sob, so prepare yourself if you want to read this great book!
Do you have answers for these prompts that you love? I’d really like to hear your recommendations!
Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe ♥