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10 Popular Tropes in Fantasy Books

Fantasy literature is a genre that has captured the hearts of readers for centuries. From J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” to J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, fantasy books have a way of transporting readers to a different world filled with magic, adventure, and wonder. One of the things that makes fantasy literature so beloved is the presence of common tropes that readers have come to know and love. Here are 10 of the most popular tropes in fantasy books:

  1. The Chosen One

One of the most popular tropes in fantasy literature is the chosen one. This trope centers around a protagonist who is destined to save the world or defeat the ultimate evil. This trope is often used to give the protagonist a sense of purpose and raise the story’s stakes. Examples of this trope can be found in books such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” and “The Wheel of Time” series.

  1. Wise Old Mentor

Another common trope in fantasy literature is the wise old mentor. This trope features a wise and powerful character who guides and trains the protagonist. This trope is often used to provide the protagonist with guidance and to give the reader a sense of the world’s history and lore. Examples of this trope can be found in books such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” and “The Belgariad” series.

  1. Magical Quest

The magical quest is another popular trope in fantasy literature. This trope centers around a journey to retrieve a powerful object or defeat a powerful enemy. This trope is often used to provide the story with a sense of adventure and to give the protagonist a clear goal to strive for. Examples of this trope can be found in books such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” series.

  1. Hidden Heir

The hidden heir is another common trope in fantasy literature. This trope features a character who discovers they are the rightful heir to a throne or other position of power. This trope is often used to provide the story with a sense of politics and to give the protagonist a sense of destiny. Examples of this trope can be found in books such as “The Lies of Locke Lamora,” “The Kingkiller Chronicle,” and “The First Law” series.

  1. Dark Lord

The dark lord is a popular trope in fantasy literature that features an ultimate evil who threatens the fantasy world and must be defeated. This trope is often used to provide the story with a sense of danger and to give the protagonist a clear enemy to fight against. Examples of this trope can be found in books such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” and “The Wheel of Time” series.

  1. Magical creatures

Magical creatures are another common trope in fantasy literature, the presence of fantasy creatures such as dragons, elves, dwarves, and others. This trope is often used to provide the story with a sense of wonder and to give the reader a sense of the diversity of the fantasy world. Examples of this trope can be found in books such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” and “The Kingkiller Chronicle” series.

  1. Coming-of-age

The coming-of-age story is another trope that is present in fantasy literature, it centers around a story of a young character who goes through a journey of self-discovery and maturation. This trope is often used to give the protagonist a sense of growth and to provide the reader with a relatable character to follow. Examples of this trope can be found in books such as “Harry Potter,” “The Lies of Locke Lamora,” and “The First Law” series.

  1. Magical Powers

The use of magic is another central trope in fantasy literature, the use of magical powers and elements as a central part of the story. This trope is often used to provide the story with a sense of wonder and to give the reader a sense of the unpredictability and excitement of the fantasy world. Examples of this trope can be found in books such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” and “The Kingkiller Chronicle” series.

  1. Battle Between Good and Evil

The battle between good and evil is another trope that is commonly found in fantasy literature. This trope centers around a struggle between good and evil forces, where the protagonist must choose a side. This trope is often used to provide the story with a sense of moral complexity and to give the reader a sense of the world’s politics. Examples of this trope can be found in books such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” and “The Wheel of Time” series.

  1. Alternate World

Lastly, the alternate world is a trope that is commonly found in fantasy literature. This trope features a story set in a parallel world that is different from our own. This trope is often used to provide the story with a sense of escapism and to give the reader a sense of the diversity of fantasy worlds. Examples of this trope can be found in books such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” series.

In conclusion, these are some of the common tropes in fantasy literature that have become beloved by readers. These tropes provide the reader with a sense of familiarity and comfort, while also keeping the story exciting and unpredictable. Which one of these tropes is your favorite?

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