Small ( s m o l ) Tropes I Love In Books

I’ve been kind of absent this past week, but I am hoping to do a little catch up soon. I’m sorry and I hope you are all well. 

Hey everyone!!

Is it a trope for book bloggers to talk about tropes? Yes.

Do I love it? Absolutely.

But you know what people don’t talk about?? Small (s m o l) tropes but sometimes they make the best scenes. Small (s m o l) details are my F A V O U R I T E S!!

Wait, what is a small (s m o l) trope???

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“It is a small detail in a book which isn’t always to do with the plot. It can vary from character trait, dialogue, action to basically anything.”



  • as you do. (e.g) they jumped off the cliff… as you do. (e.g) they fell in love… as you do.
  • pulling out lots of weapons from your clothes
  • they are a devil, they are an angel, put them together and you get chemistry. Even better when the angel is the deadliest.
  • unspoken conversations
  • as you wish
  • (a) I’m an idiot, (b) that’s why I love you
  • FOOD
  • (a) I’m better than everyone in this room, (b) I agree and hate you for it
  • Nicknames. Weird nicknames, cute nicknames, not-knowing-the-reason nicknames
  • Glasses, glasses being put on, glasses been taken off, glasses being pushed up
  • Hugs
  • Goofy villains (you only get them in cartoons and I’m  m a d . )
  • Watching TV together.  I t ‘ s  s o f t.  I ‘ m  s o f t.
  • The words ‘hero’ or ‘villain’ actually written so I can see them and fangirl
  • CROWNS in fantasy books. Wearing crowns in fantasy books.
  • Unique hair (it is basic…. and so am I)
  • ineloquent phrases
  • eloquent phrases
  • disaster (and I mean disaster) ideas working (better when everyone is surprised)
  • sass (duh…)
  • teenagers being teenagers (you know ‘kind of naΓ―ve, arrogant, selfish, thinking everything is going to be okay but still will no confidence and looking for someone to take care of them’ teenagers)
  • Symbolic representation (yes, I’m thinking of The Raven Boys and their cars)
  • Tattoos
  • terrible flirting working
  • (a) Don’t do it  (b) Does it.
  • People who are uncomfortable with bad behaviour. aka GOODY TWO SHOES. love them!!
  • A person not understanding why someone would be nice to them *all the feels*
  • People hating on Zeus (obviously)
  • People loving Medusa (obviously)
  • Awkward. Dorky.  l i t e r a l l y  adorable.
  • Enemies that respect each other (THIS. I NEED MORE OF THIS.)
  • When someone thinks the person they really care about is dead, but they’re NOT and the reunion is *ahhh* (I roll my eyes at it and love it at the same time)
  • REUNIONS in general
  • unlikely friendships UNTIL THE END OF TIME!!
  • Soft animals. (I want toothless in every book. NOT A JOKE)
  • laughing at their own jokes (this is me. me is this.)
  • singing (bad or good. Actually, especially bad)
  • friends to enemies (underrated, epic, amazing, give me more. NOW)
  • names beginning with ‘I’ (e.g. Isaac, Icarus, Igor, Ivy, Isabella)
  • clumsiness (please fall over so I can love you)
  • terrible puns that make me laugh out loud
  • internet culture (you need the youths)
  • obsessions with tea (you mean uncle Iroh??? yessssssssssss)
  • I don’t want your affection *whispers* please don’t leave me
  • music lyrics mentioned, written, sang
  • admiration of the glorious-ness of BROWN EYES !!!!
  • Composed/kind/quiet characters losing it *oh snap*
  • Self-sacrifice *I’ll cry for days*
  • You think the battle is lost but then another group of people turn up and epic fighting occurs to turn the tide *Gandalf, you know??*
  • “Honestly, I’m fine” *collapses* 


Okay, so they are all the ones I could think of at the minute and PLEASE tell me your favourite small ( s m o l ) tropes.

This was quite a different post for me (hello, it is under 1,000 words for once) but I hope you enjoyed it.


Please add to my list in the comments.

67 thoughts on “Small ( s m o l ) Tropes I Love In Books

  1. Sophie!! This post is amazing!! I was smiling so hard reading it and I now have realized how incredibly under-appreciated these *smol* tropes are because just look at how happy they made me and I’m sure everyone else who read this post.πŸ₯ΊThank you for writing this!

    Unspoken conversations!! With eyes!! From across the room, extra points if they’re best friends and know exactly what the other is saying! Also I’m trash for “as you wish,” thank you Princess Bride for doing this to me. And I love when they don’t think the plan is gonna work but then it does and it’s just so cute! Ahh, the best.

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    1. Ahhh.. thank you so much Olivia !! πŸ’› I wanted this post to be happy and fun so that means a lot to hear !! Yesss smol tropes are so important and precious !! 😍 they can just make you smile and make you feel a lot for a book!! Thank you again for all your kind words, it means a lot (and I’m just going to cry now) πŸ˜­πŸ’•

      I love unspoken conversations !! You can tell how close they are !! And the eyes and across the room !! *chefs kiss* I love it when it is best friends too *the raven boys feels*
      I know it makes me think of the princess bride too πŸ˜‚ but it is a beautiful saying 😍😍
      I know plans working when they don’t expect them too is amazing !! They are the most fun, chaotic plans and I LOVE it !! It is so cute as well because the character are so precious with it !! 😍😍

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  2. ‘Even better when the angel is the deadliest’ sounds so fantastic!!! I NEED it now!! I love characters pulling weapons out of clothes πŸ˜… and crowns in fantasy novels…and on Instagram. They look awesome!! Enemies having respect for each other is fantastic too. And I like feminism in books when it’s done well; sometimes you read a book and it’s more anti man than truly feminist πŸ€”

    I so love this post 😍😍 but I can’t think of more right now tbh besides characters who love reading (especially if they’re fierce too), inclusion of mythological rules & stuff like letters, emails & lists.
    Weapon clothes
    Enemies respect

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      1. Yes I love that dynamic when the one you would expect to be the sweetest is often the deadliest as well!! It is so much fun !! I definitely need it now too !!
        Characters pulling out lots of weapons is so much fun too, it always brings a smile to my face haha!!
        Agreed crowns for everyone !! I love them on Instagram, I kind of want one haha !!
        I love enemies who respect each other, such an interesting dynamic !!
        Feminism is great but like you said it needs to be done right like no anti-man or white feminism or girl hate. It is about equality after all !!

        Thank you so much !! This was a really fun one to write ! Ahh.. characters who love reading are wonderful and if they are fierce too!! Yes, yes !! Mythological rules are again really interesting, great point !! I love letters and emails etc. I’m always excited when I see it in a book !!

        haha it is fine !! I always have to do something to remember points from people’s posts too !! haha !! (suitable that you put it after you wrote about lists though ahah )

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        1. Yes it’s so exciting and addictive, especially if it comes almost out of nowhere but looking back makes sense!
          And there are quite a few that do so in fantasy too!! So yay.
          Ooh me too. I actually saw one fairly cheap online the other day and was tempted to get it but then I’m not even posting on my Instagram right now (and I know my family will wonder why on earth I’ve got a crown through the post πŸ˜‚). They look fantastic in book pictures though 😍
          Yes, so interesting.
          And yeah when it’s done great it’s wonderful!! Just so frustrating when it goes wrong.

          I can imagine!! I think TOG made me think of that one πŸ˜‚ and Wicked Lovely & Cruel Prince the rules one but I do love when you get Fae rules and similar in fiction. Me too!! It makes a nice change.

          Oh πŸ™ˆ I didn’t even think of that but that is true πŸ˜‚ and after discussing the need to check our comments elsewhere πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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          1. Yes like little details that could have gone unnoticed πŸ˜‚
            Yes thankfully πŸ˜‚
            Haha I know it is an odd thing to buy but like who doesn’t want a crown really πŸ˜‰ they do 😍
            Yesss I completely agree !!

            Yeah I don’t think of ToG but you’re right !! Oohhh yes I remember Wicked Lovly, it is so cool !!
            Yesss !!

            Haha yes πŸ˜‚ I know great timing !! πŸ˜‚

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            1. Yes exactly 😊
              Ooh yes that’s true. Everybody secretly wants one πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

              I so need to reread it soon as the prequel came out this month!!

              Or terrible πŸ˜‚

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  3. I’m trash for anything that’s nickname or pet name related… love it give me all that cuteness!! Awesome post πŸ’›πŸ’›

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  4. I love so, so many of these! The second you said Angel and Devil with chemistry, my mind immediately went to Good Omens! I liked the book, but the show in particular highlighted the chemistry between the two characters SO WELL!

    And I love any small indications of love, connection, and care in a relationship. Unspoken conversations definitely fit into that category, but also little forehead kisses, holding someones hand and maybe giving it a squeeze to show them you’re there and you care.

    And of course I love more obvious indications of connection, like hugging and snuggling. I think there’s not enough snuggling in most of the books I read and it makes me sad. Just cuddle already! I think this trope also fits with another one of my favorites which is the outward grump, internal soft cinnamon roll. And when they do the whole “I DON’T WANT AFFECTION, but also I would die for you and I love you please love me” thing I adore it every time!

    This was such a fun post!

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    1. Ahh… yay, I’m so glad you love many of these too !! πŸ’ž haha yesss Good Omens is quite literally that !! I’ve haven’t read the book and I’ve only seen the first episode of the show but the characters were interesting !

      Small details are honestly my favourite especially for things like love or connection. It feels so real and pure !! Unspoken conversations are everything. Forehead kisses are so tender, so is holding hands and giving them a squeeze!! All wonderful examples !!

      Those are great as well and honestly just so comforting to read about. I agree I haven’t had enough snuggling in my books. WE NEED IT!! pls cuddle !! YESSSS I agree, one grump and one cinnamon roll is everything!! I could read about them forever!! That really is everything and I think these relationships are full of so many small details which is why I love them !!

      Thank you!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it !! πŸ’ž

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