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5 oddly specific storylines I love in books

Hiya, nerds!

Normal people, when asked what kind of books they usually read, reply with specific genres. They might even specify a sub-genre within the main one, but even those are broad, common genres.

That’s normal people. And I’ve been quite repeatedly told I’m not that.

Each time a publicist asks me what kind of books I usually like, I have to make a conscious effort to use genres and not oddly specific things I like in books. This is where “dead people but also laughter” becomes dark humor, “teenagers with delusions of power” becomes YA dystopia, and “depressed suburban housewife” becomes literary fiction.

Here are 5 oddly specific storylines I LOVE reading in books:

1. The socialite wife who probably killed someone

I love recently widowed socialite wives as unreliable narrators of thrillers. Add in a remote villa on the shores of a rocky waterbody, creepy groundskeepers, and a stable full of horses and I’m sold!

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2. Dysfunctional families

Sad dysfunctional families, funny dysfunctional families, murder-people-together dysfunctional families–I love them all! Is it any surprise that Arrested Development is my favourite TV show?

arrested development wink GIF by HULU

3. Angsty ex lovers

Angst, man. Is there anything better than it? I love me a story where the couple breaks up for some stupid reason, meets ten years later, and have some heavy angst floating in the air before they finally get together. Add to this the secret baby trope and I’m sold!

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4. Relationships with good flirt-to-roast ratios

I may love the enemies to lovers trope, but if there’s one thing I love more, it’s a slow burn romance with a generous flirt-to-roast ratio. How can you love each other if you can’t even insult each other every 5 minutes?

…I clearly have issues.

buckle up let's go GIF by Comedy Central

5. Dying people

Okay, this is pretty morbid, but I love books about dying people. It’s always these books that teach you the most about life itself. I don’t know if these books feed into or resolve my existential dread, but I always come away with some hope once I read these books. Yes, despite the main character dying in the end.

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That’s all for today, nerds! Do you have any oddly specific tropes you love in books? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti

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29 thoughts on “5 oddly specific storylines I love in books

  1. Okayyy, Shruti, the award for cool lists goes to you. 😛 No. 2 and No. 3 are my favorite storylines too. But the last one is a strict no-no for me. I don’t like the MC dying. NO, NO, NOOOOOO. You got it, ha?

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  2. Dysfunctional families in space… murder in space or the far future where the cause/trigger is to do with an issue that isn’t a thing yet… unintended consequences – probably my favourite – I LOVE unintended consequences:))

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  3. ‘Dead people, but also laughter’ is my favourite thing for today 😂
    Dysfunctional families!!! I don’t even know what a normal family tv show looks like as I’m always watching the dysfunctional ones try to get their lives in order, but then of course fail.

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  4. Your posts are quite fun to read, Shruti! I am a goner for 1, 3 and 4. I am very specific about the books I read though, I don’t want the main character to die because then I would be sad for weeks! So, I just check if the main character dies or not before I even begin reading the book 😂

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  5. Okay, this oddly specific list is oddly specific! Haha I’d have to say that I do love me some dysfunctional families and angsty ex-lovers tropes though! And I’ve never heard of a flirt-to-roast ratio, but it’s my new favorite term, so thanks for that! 🙂

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  6. What’s normal? I don’t know anything about normal, Shruti and thankfully, I usually don’t end up friends with people who are considered “normal” because normal is absolutely overrated.

    But on a serious note, oddly specific is a HUGE mood – I don’t think, “everyone gets put on the verge of death and must fight to survive with much angst and badassery” is appropriate or professional. Or maybe it is, but I highly doubt it.

    Um yes, good flirt to roast IS GOALS. So I have issues too. We can have issues together.

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