50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc). Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!
Today’s Topic: Favorite/Least Favorite Christmas/Winter-Related Trope
As we established in the last 50/50 Friday, I don’t read all that many books that are set during winter time (or Christmas) so I honestly have basically no experience in this. However, I have read a couple and there are a few tropes I’ve noticed.
Snow. Everywhere. All the time.
One thing I noticed while reading my very few winter related books, is that there’s always snow. I live in the upper Midwest of the US which means we get a LOT of snow all winter long (snowfall of two feet (about 2/3rds of a meter) is totally normal) so for me, this is completely relatable. However, there are places like Florida that don’t get snow during the winter! Why is it that winter is only winter (and Christmas is only Christmas) with snow? Even though this is obviously an unfair trope, I love having snow everywhere and, to me, winter isn’t complete without snow! You can’t tell me that it’s the winter season while it’s still brown and green everywhere. It’s horribly unfair to anyone that lives closer to the equator but I can’t help but love it.
Love. Everywhere. All the time.
This trope does annoy me. It seems like winter is the perfect time for everyone to fall in love and the only thing that happens during winter is matchmaking! This is at least true of all of the books and movies I’ve seen. What I would love to see is everyone coming home for Christmas (or another holiday) and a new friendship is formed! Awesome friendships are almost better than romances! This also applies broadly to the entire YA (and to some extent, Adult and MG) genre.
What do you think of these tropes? Have you heard of other tropes that you like/don’t like? Make a post and link up down below!
Next Week’s Topic: Best/Worst Book Read in December