It’s been a while since I wrote my post about tropes that I absolutely love within the fantasy genre, which included your classic tropes like chosen one stories to romance staples like only one bed. Today, I want to switch the focus to ideas I’d like to either become so common, they become tropes or just tropes I’d love to see more of.
Mothers who do both: mothers currently only exist as dead characters who never get page time or those left behind to mind the children as their husbands go off to have adventures. I want to see mothers with babes on their hips after they travel off to war, who wish their husbands goodbye as they leave for battle, who train their daughters on the art of adventuring.
Chosen Ones from Non-Western Cultures: Just because something is considered cliche in white book culture doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a chance to be written and appreciated by ownvoices from non-western cultures. Give me chosen ones with brown skin or wearing hijabs, from African-inspired lore to Asian heritage. There are still so many cultures that deserve the chance that whites have dominated within published for so long. I want to hear their stories.
Questioning characters: I’d love to see more characters in fantasy questioning their sexuality. And more societies where heterosexuality isn’t the norm or varying sexuality isn’t considered othering or something to be incorrectly frowned upon.
Characters with depression or anxiety: I know we see some of this, but I’d love to see more of this in adult fantasy.
Sickness: I think it’d be really interesting to not only see how different fantasy worlds and cultures deal with the common cold, but what other types of sickness do they encounter on their quest across the continent to defeat the dark lord that we don’t encounter here?
Generational stories: This may be just me personally, but I’d love to read a trilogy or longer series that follows each generation of a family as they live through life. Not necessarily each is in a chosen one situation, but just how the previous generation’s choices impact the next’s.
More steampunk and cyberpunk genres: I just want more of these settings, especially within the romance genre (I’m a sucker for a good steampunk romance).
Periods: Obviously I want to see periods more normalized, without the taboo attached, as well as seeing a wide range of experiences related to period experiences (since, you know, I’m writing a duology about this very topic).
Chosen ones who fail: I’d love to see (and plan to write) a story about a chosen one who tries and fails and what the world looks like in the aftermath of the dark lord or villain who won.
Those are just a few things I’d love to see more within the fantasy genre. What sort of tropes would you like to see more of? Let me know in the comments!