Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Creative Ideas In Books

Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Creative Ideas In Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and is now at That Artsy Reader Girl since January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic was one of my own choice, so I decided to do a Top 10 list of different creative ideas/tropes that I’ve enjoyed in books. Some are pretty common that appear in a lot of books, some I’ve only experienced in a book or two.

What are some of your favourite ideas/tropes that you’ve seen or read? Let me know in the comments.

Hidden Worlds

What I mean by hidden worlds is when there is a hidden city or castle or entire country hidden within our “normal” world. What I mean is Harry Potter’s Wizarding World or the Shadowhunter’s world in the City of Bones and other series.

It’s a hidden world from regular people’s eyes, but it exists nonetheless, and it often is more advanced in certain ways than the regular human world.

Connected Souls

This was the main premise of a book I read years ago, whose name I cannot remember or find even after an hour of looking. Basically, everyone in the world was born as a twin.

Each set of twins has an “alpha” and a “beta” twin. The beta twin is the one that gets sick, gets injured, and feels pain. It is also the beta that will almost always die first, which causes the alpha to also die.

Twins are separated at birth, the alphas going to be nurtured and treated well, while the betas basically live in squalor. I thought it was an interesting idea, giving the main character a difficult time fighting her bad guy twin brother.

Magic Systems

Every fantasy book has its own magic system. Some are simple where they just shoot fire or whatever from their fingers, some it’s a little bit more hidden like the White Walkers from Game of Thrones.

I enjoy learning each new magic system to see how it works, and how none of them are quite the same as the others.

Enemies to Friends

This is a common trope that I enjoy in books. Two characters, enemies for more time than we can remember, finally becoming friends, or even falling in love.

I think there’s something about that bond, and that hatred that makes their relationship stronger in a way.

Adult Protagonists

Usually kids, or young adults are the main characters in a book. Adults are usually set in their place and don’t get involved in the grand schemes of the world like younger people would do.

Having an adult as a main character is an interesting idea because it lets us see the world from the standpoint of someone who has been set in their ways, usually for a long time.

Young Protagonists

I enjoy adult protagonists, but there is nothing quite like discovering a world through the eyes of someone young. You discover their world, learning about everything as they do.

It’s a common trope in all sorts of novels, but to me, it’s timeless.

Villainous Narrators

Unfortunately I haven’t read too many books where the villain is the main narrator, but the few that I have read usually give us an interesting twist on things. Usually we can sympathize with the main character a bit, but it’s much more difficult to if it’s the villain.

What’s awesome though, is that we can sympathize with the villain. We can understand their actions and almost agree with them to an extent.

Pseudo-European Time Periods

Most fantasy books I’ve read focus on the pseudo-European time period. Knights, castles, swords and dragons. The period never seems to quite change, always focusing on the same general time period with minimal technological changes.

It’s a world where magic is ready to thrive, and is my favourite setting for any fantasy book.

Larger Worlds Than We Know

Some stories give us the entire world. Encompassing us with it’s histories and cultures. Other stories give us one small segment of the world. Maybe it’s one country, maybe it’s a continent.

Either way, having this grand scale story and adventure, taking place in only one small area, while knowing that there is countless other places to explore is amazing. It instills a sense of wonder and awe over what else their could be to see.

The Grumpy Old Man

The grumpy old man, usually who has a dead wife and kids, has been alone for years, and basically hates everything, finding that little spark of joy in life that lets them live.

His walls don’t shatter, they melt, slowly and over a long period of time, but finally when they do come down, they melt completely, changing that man down to his very core.

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Top 10 Tuesdays: Settings I`d like to see More Of

Top 10 Tuesdays: Settings I`d like to see More Of

Hello everyone (Im trying to think of a snappy word to group everyone together as a fan base)! This week is all about different settings that Id like to see more often, but honestly I don`t really think of this often, so it might be tough for me to make a list of ten.

1. Mole World.

A sort of mole-people steampunk sort of underground world could be an interesting concept.

2. Nowhere

I don’t know why, but I’d love to see a story, or part of a story take place in some sort of void, nothing but complete nothingness could be kind of interesting I think.

3. Miniature

I’d like to see a Borrower’s type situation where the story takes place in a miniaturized version of our world, or as small people in a bigger world.

4. Made Up Worlds

I’m always a sucker for a well-crafted world where we watch a great epic fantasy unfold.

5. Time Travelling

I think a good story of time travelling would be an interesting one. Jumping times and locations in history, chasing the bad guy. Could be an interesting sci-fi novel.

6. Hell/Heaven

Imagine a crazy ass battle between good and evil, taking place on their home turfs. Could be pretty cool right?

7. Prehistoric Times

I think some caveman stories could be pretty cool. Have humans developed enough to understand the basics of fire and weapons or something, but not early enough that they are too advanced and start creating cities.

8. Medieval Europe

I`m always down for more history stories, so Medieval Europe would be the most ideal place for a story to take place.

9. Rural towns

I think it would be really cool to see some books taking place in small rural towns. Some big crazy event can happen there that the rest of the world wouldn`t know about.

10. Small towns in North America

Some books take place in New York City or Chicago, or any of the other dozen or so different big cities in North America, but I`d like to see one take place in a smaller city that still has a good size population.

Top 10 Tuesday: My Top 10 Protagonists

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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This is my first time doing it, and today’s list is a freebie as long as it involves characters, and this post is long overdue.  For today’s list I decided on 10 of my favourite protagonists in books I’ve read. They’re not necessarily the best protagonists, but they’re some of the best.

They are in no particular order.

Tarzan

Tarzan might be one of your favourite Disney characters, but he is also the star of a number of books. I really enjoyed reading Tarzan’s books and that’s why he is on my list. He’s obviously a very strong and athletic human and could quite easily beat up any of his enemies, but he is one of the most gentle characters I’ve ever read.

I really enjoyed learning alongside Tarzan, and his love of Jane was a refreshing romance that develops throughout the books.

Nynaeve

This is one of the newer members on this list, but honestly she would probably be in my top 5 favourite characters if I was ranking them properly. I love how strong of a character she is, and how determined she is to be the best at what she does.

What I like most about her though is the fact that she pushes herself. She pushes herself, often too hard, to be the best and do better, and blames herself even when something minor goes wrong. She pulls off some amazing feats, and then will immediately blame herself for something she did wrong. I related to this so much, and this is why Nynaeve is one of my favourite characters of all time.

Arya Stark

Arya is cool, badass, smart, scary, and downright awesome all wrapped into one. As one of the Stark kids, her life has not been easy, but she has pushed through it all and has become pretty amazing in the process.

She’s also a main source of the non-Westeros story line we get in Game of Thrones. She develops some magical powers, and it’s cool seeing a female character, in a world where they are often useless, become one of the strongest and scariest characters in the whole world.

Liesel Meminger

Liesel made this list because I feel like she represents an aspect of who I am. She discovers a love of books and reading, and sacrifices her safety for the safety of others.

I want to believe that I am similar to her in some ways, and the sadness of her story is what makes her character so amazing.

King Arthur

I’m speaking of King Arthur from The Once and Future King more specifically, but Arthur in general is one of my favourite characters across any platform.

He stands for chivalry, honour, wisdom and strength. He represents the good in people, and isn’t the stereotypical warrior king that people might assume come from the Middle Ages period.

Even during all this, he is still human. He feels betrayal, he shows weakness, he gets hurt. He’s a godly figure that lives as a human, an that’s why he has made my list.

Jaime Lannister

This is the second and last Game of Thrones entry on this list, but I think he is deserving of the praise. Jaime makes my list because he is a lot like King Arthur in a way. He is this praised and revered character that basically has the heavens opening up for him…until he is dragged through the mud and the dirt and left in the garbage.

He is taken from his high horse, and he changes. He adapts. His character changes and develops and grows with the story, and he becomes a good guy. We see a character change from evil to good, and as he is no longer praised by the story characters, he starts being praised by the readers.

Martin the Warrior

Did you ever think a mouse could make the list? Well you would be wrong. Martin the Warrior is from some of my favourite books of all time, and he stands for the good in people.

He’s a noble warrior that fights for the good of those who can’t protect themselves. His life isn’t easy, but he fights through it, serving the side of good and helping anyone he can, despite his pain and his own problems.

Garrett Reilly

This may be more of an unknown member on my list, but I like Garrett Reilly a lot. He’s a gifted genius who has struggled through life, and still struggles. He could very easily be making millions of dollars, living any life he wanted by using his intelligence, but instead he uses his brains to help defend his country from opposing threats.

There’s not much else to say here other than I really enjoy his development. He is very much a lone wolf that we see develop into not only a team player, but also a leader and friend.

Luffy

This might not be a surprise to anyone who reads this blog, but Luffy is definitely one of my top 5 characters as well. The biggest reason is that he stands up for his ideals and his friends.

You can insult him all you want, and people do, but as soon as you try to crush someone else’s dreams, or hurt someone weaker than yourself, he is going to make you wish you didn’t. I could probably write an essay on Luffy and why he is such a good character, but I will leave it there.

Kaladin

Kaladin is from the Stormlight Archives, and like Luffy and Nynaeve, he is in my top 5 characters. Why do I like him so much? He’s not perfect. Yeah he’s probably the best doctor around, and definitely one of the best fighters, but he doubts himself.

He makes mistakes and beats himself up and doubts himself constantly, but will consistently help others. He will see the best in them and trust them completely, even if it hurts him.

Type it Out Tuesday: Creating Your Protagonist

One of the biggest struggles with creating a new story, is developing the characters, mainly the protagonists.

They are the central part of your story of course, so it is important to develop meaningful characters that you can base your story off of.

If you needed some help with creating your protagonist, or even an important side character, check out a few of these websites below.

They’ve got a lot of good ideas and tips to help you get the wheels rolling.

Hope they help!

8 Character Development Exercises

How to Create a Successful Protagonist

How to Build a Character

How to Create Authentic and Powerful Fictional Characters

Type it Out Tuesday: June 11

Type it Out Tuesday: June 11

With Summer just around the corner, I figured you might like a bit of Summer-themed writing prompts to get you in the warm weather spirit.

What is the best way to celebrate the end of summer?

Write a poem describing the last day of summer.

What are the key ingredients of a memorable summer?

How do you know when summer has arrived?

Write about summer using all five senses to describe the way you feel during the season.

Type it Out Tuesday: June 4

Type it Out Tuesday: June 4

Everyone needs a bit of creative inspiration now and then. There’s no shame in admitting it.

Maybe you want to write a romance book. Those are always popular. Boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets alien life form she believed to be human. Love knows no bounds

Well I’ve got 5 solid romantic writing prompts for you, some a bit bizarre, some probably a bit cliche.

Hope you enjoy!

Write a story about a road trip between two old friends that turns into something more.

A duo of very inept wingmen.

You’re at a party when you spot a ex. Quick, you urgently have to pretend to be dating the nearest person, who happens to be very attractive.

In biblical times, men had many wives and most marriages were arranged. Use time travel to develop a story that depicts how love, romance, and marriage have changed throughout the centuries.

They say love is blind, and it makes people do strange things. Write about a character who is blinded by love or who does strange or dangerous things for the object of his or her desire.

Type It Out Tuesday: May 28

I found this picture today, and thought it would be a great writing prompt. It’s pretty funny if you ask me, and I think a lot of people would like it as well.

As always, I’d love to see what you guys make of this.

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