A poor girl from a broken family finds a job working for royalty, but she soon finds herself in grave danger when a power she didn’t know she had emerges. Add in a love triangle between two brothers, a murderous queen, and potentially a rebellion and what book am I describing? If you said Red Queen you’re correct, but if you said Evermore you’re also correct.
There are probably more books out there which follow that same template, and after whole it gets boring. While everyone has one favourite genre, one they keep going back to over and over again, when you read the same stories and the same generic tropes just with different character names you can get a little tired.
What Do You Do When Your Favourite Genre Becomes “Tired”?
Fantasy is my favourite genre, and it’s likely always going to be my favourite genre, but a lot of the books I’ve picked up recently seem to follow the same template Red Queen and Evermore do. There’s a kingdom in peril, a love triangle, a heroine with untapped power which she has the master but which also puts her in danger, and no matter how different the characters or the world building are it’s becoming boring.
Even the Throne of Glass books, one of my favourite series by one of my favourite authors followed those tropes. Yes the Throne of Glass series has moved beyond the murderous royalty/love triangle tropes in the first book, but it’s still how the series started off. I want more unique stories; books which take the tropes I’m used to seeing and turn them on their heads, or books which take a different path and don’t feature royalty or love triangles.
Unfortunately I feel like when genres do become tired the only path is to put them away for a bit. Instead try out different genres for a bit of much needed variety, or search out more unique books if you can’t live without your favourite genre.
A few years ago when The Hunger Games was big and there were so many dystopian books being released and then made into movies the dystopian genre was one I got tired of, so I stopped reading it. I didn’t add any dystopian books to my TBR list, I didn’t pick up any old favourites of mine like the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy because I was tired of reading the same story over and over and over again.
It’s been years since then so after my dystopian embargo I can pick up dystopian books and, even if they follow the same generic template set up by trilogies like The Hunger Games or Divergent, I enjoy them so much more.
Maybe another answer would be to read less. I can get through anywhere between three and four books per week, and my Goodreads Reading Challenge is set to 75 books for this year (it was 125 books last year), but maybe if I only picked up one or two books per week, and lowered my Goodreads goal to 50 books, I wouldn’t find myself bored by the fantasy genre I normally love so much.
Maybe buddy reading is another option. I can’t really speak from experience on this but it’s got to be hard being bored with the generic-ness of a story when you have someone to read said book with you. If not it’s something you can rant about together though.
Personally I think because everyone looks for different things in books and everyone has a different favourite genre everyone will have a very different way of coping when their favourite genre becomes tired. I don’t think I can give up fantasy so I just need to try that little bit harder to find more unique books, and maybe mix it up with other genres more than I have been.
Now Onto the Discussion Part of This Post:
Have you noticed the same tropes appearing over and over in certain genres and become tired of them? If so what did you do to combat it?
Has your favourite genre ever become boring for you? If so did you completely give it up or keep pushing through the same old?
What’s the longest you’ve ever not read a certain genre that’s become tired?
Are there any unique fantasy books out there, books with none of the same tropes Red Queen and Evermore have, that you could recommend?
Let me know in the comments below.