The Fantasy Tropes Tag

Happy Thursday, you guys! I hope the New Year has been treating you well so far!

Today, I’ll be sharing a brand new tag with you guys, the Fantasy Trope Tag. This tag was created by Arwa @ onespeculiar, and it’s all about fantasy, so, of course, I’ve been pretty excited to do it!

So, without any further ado, the Fantasy Tropes Tag!

The Rules:

  1. mention the creator ( one’s peculiar )
  2. answer the questions
  3. tag as many people as you like
  4. HAVE FUN!

The Lost Princess:

A Book or Series you lost interest in half way through

Red queen

Normally, I don’t like to be a copycat, but I’m definitely with Arwa on this one. I got through the second book in The Red Queen series, and just couldn’t continue. Book 3 has been sitting on my shelf for almost a year, now, and I have no desire to actually read it.

The Knight in Shining Armor:

A hyped Book or Series you were swept up by

Six of Crows

I’m not sure if I’ve made this clear yet, but I absolutely LOVED the Six of Crows duology! I am so glad I hopped on that bandwagon, because it’s an incredible couple of books!

The Wise Old Wizard:

An author that amazes you with his/her writing

The Bear and the Nightingale

Hands down- Katherine Arden. I loved the first two books in The Winternight Trilogy, and it’s mostly because of how she writes! They’re lyrical and fairytale-esque without seeming too old-fashioned or cliched. I could probably fangirl about these books for ages!

The Maiden in Distress:

An undervalued character you wish had a bigger story-line

Name of the Wind

Because I’m thinking of this book as I’m writing this post, I’m gonna go with Denna from The Name of the Wind. Since the story is told from Kvothe’s point of view, we only really see her as he sees her. Sometimes, she feels more like a convenient plot device (very much the Maiden in Distress trope) than an actual character. But, it’s hinted that she’s had a tough life and has had to forge her own way in the world. Given that she’s one of (very few) regularly occurring female characters in the books, I’d love to see some more of her backstory.

The Magical Sword:

A magical item or ability you wish authors used less

I’m not really sure on this one. In general, I think most tropes can work if they’re used creatively, so I can’t really think of one that I’d want to see less of at the moment.

The Mindless Villain:

A phrase you cannot help but roll your eyes at

“He let out a breath he didn’t know he’d been holding.” Thanks for this Book Twitter I never really noticed how much it was used until I joined Book Twitter, but now I can’t NOT notice it.

The Untamed Dragon:

A magical creature you wish you had as a pet


A GRYPHON!!! I really don’t know when or where my fascination with gryphons started, but I think they’re pretty cute. Plus, they have the flying ability of dragons, with much less maintenance!

The Chosen One:

A Book or Series you will always root for


Narnia was my childhood series, and is one of the biggest reasons I’m so in love with fantasy/reading in general, so I’ll probably always be rooting for it! Unless they make another movie like TVotDT. I won’t support that.

I Tag You

As always, there’s absolutely no pressure to do this tag

Alyssa @ Bread Reads Books || Demi @ First Page Wonders || Ioana @ Dragon Waffles

And any fantasy fan who want to do this tag!

Thanks for reading! 

What are some of your favorite fantasy tropes? What are your least favorite? Which books would you use to fill in some of these tropes? Let me know in the comments below!


14 thoughts on “The Fantasy Tropes Tag

  1. i loved your answers! thanks for doing the tag. the bear and the nightingale is really high on my TBR list i heard nothing but good things about it. after reading your opinion of it. i’ll be sure to pick it up next month!

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  2. Totally agree with Red Queen! I read the first two, and was so upset that the only interesting character (in my opinion) will not be in any of the future books (trying to make this as vague as possible so I don’t spoil anyone). I really don’t have the patience to go back to them.

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  3. Haha omg I practically have a smol collection of all the breath holding sentences in books 😂. I crack up because sometimes the author words it differently AND YUP IT’S STILL HILARIOUS. Nice try though.
    Denna should definitely get more screen time (book time? page time??) because she’s really interesting. But I also like how Kvote is always so smitten with the mysterious girl.
    Thank youuu so much for tagging me ❤!!

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    • No problem! I figured someone who runs a blog called “Dragon Waffles” probably has some fantasy love! 😀

      I LOVE when authors sometimes try to reword the breath-holding idea! Like, you get the A+ for effort, but I’m still gonna laugh because I can still see right through it and I know what you’re really saying!!

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