This is a reverse post from one I did a couple of months back, where I ranted about my book-related pet peeves: Not My Cup of Tea. So, to stay positive and have some balance here, I’d like to talk about features in books (themes, characters, whatever) that I will always fall for when I hear about them (photo by me).
- Assassins and thieves – I will always, always be tempted to read stories about such less-than-savory individuals. I can’t help it.
- Orphans – I recently discovered that half of my favourite fantasy heroes are also orphans. I’m not sure what that says about me but there you have it.
- Smart(ass) – and not necessarily badass – hero(in)es – Locke Lamora is a perfect example, because he can rarely back up his mouth with his muscles, but he’s the best. Kvothe is another (when Doors of Stone comes out, I’m not leaving the apartment until I finish it).
- True gentlemen – hello, Mr. Darcy (and his contemporary counterparts).
- Dragons – see my blog name. And check out this list of awesome books with dragons.
- Bakers and cookie makers – I have a huge sweet tooth so reading about sweets is a logical step. Jenny Colgan is a great example.
- Friends-turned-lovers romance – because he already knows how she takes her coffee and she was there for him when that ex of his broke his heart and now they’re sleeping together and it’s really awkward but also sweet and they live happily ever after.
- Animal characters in high fantasy – think Robin Hobb’s Nighteyes. While I do appreciate all-animal stories (especially for kids; Animal Farm, on the other hand, was… heavy), I really like talking furry companions.
- Non-linear timelines (switching from past to present) – this is more delicate and is only good when it’s done really well, but I love it when it is (think Vicious and Lies of Locke Lamora).
Ummm… so, go read Lies of Locke Lamora. ;)
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What are your favourite elements in books? Are you a sucker for a good fight scene? Do cheesy sweetheart reunions make you tear up?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)