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message 1: by Sonja (new)

Sonja | 211 comments Least favorite- And they all lived happily ever after endings.

Favorite - I have been on a viral outbreak kick lately. That may not be considered horror but it could be a physical mutation and or psychotic break scenario.


message 2: by Randy (new)

Randy Harmelink | 1638 comments Sonja wrote: "Least favorite- And they all lived happily ever after endings.

My least favorite is the one that goes beyond that, like most Marvel movies. It has the HEA. But, then, following the credits, it turns out the villain is still alive or shows the start of some other nefarious plot.

My favorite is anything with amnesia. Or visions or eavesdropping just enough to get the exact opposite understanding of the real situation. Although those are more Hallmark Christmas movie tropes. :)


message 3: by J. (new)

J. Gowin Least favorite: Only the pure of heart, unsoiled, innocent or however else you want to say naive virgin will survive. Cuz nothing good comes of sex, and knowing how to use a gun never helped anyone.

Favorite: "My God, we were the real monsters all along!" Yup, why do you think we rule the planet, baby?


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Least favourite trope: anything rape-y or considered torture porn. It just infuriates me rather than scares me.

Favourite: anything paranormal/ghosts/demons. And if that is mixed with some psychological twists I'm a happy reader :p.


message 5: by Pixelina (new)

Pixelina | 63 comments Ex-religious here but still scared by anything demonic so that is a fave!!


message 6: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ (atroskity) I'm a sucker for the "sometimes, ghosts are just assholes" trope. There are a lot of ghost stories where discovering the truth and "releasing" the ghost somehow eliminates the threat or proves that the spirit was never bad to begin with, but I like the stories where the characters think they have accomplished that--and then it turns out the ghost is still bad and really DGAF about finding peace in the afterlife or resolution and just keeps being evil.


message 7: by Marie (new)

Marie | 3650 comments Least favorite would be animal cruelty in horror though when I was younger it didn't seem to bother me so much, but since I have gotten older it is hard to read about gutted animals especially cats and dogs.

Favorites: anything with ghosts/demons/hauntings. Suspense, atmospheric writing style that grabs the reader and transports them into the setting of the book to the point where you can feel everything the character is feeling. Love those kind of stories!


message 8: by Diane (new)

Diane Johnson | 44 comments I like flawed protagonists. When the main character is guilty of creating his/her own nightmare in some way and is trying to find a way out of it, I'm in.

I get bored with stories where bad things just happen to good people and there isn't even one remote justification for why it's happening to poor, poor them.


message 9: by Karen (new)

Karen (hmssparky) | 178 comments I am really tired of reading about the deaths of all the old people, while the younger people survive. I'd love to see an ending where only the older characters survive; kind of a wisdom vs. physical ability kind of thing. I mean, how great was Bruce Campbell's aged Elvis in "Bubba-Hotep?"


message 10: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 2849 comments Least Favorite: They look for the evil and the evil was them all along. Like oh my God how many times can this be done? Apparently not enough!

Favorite: It's not what you think it is and the shocking reveal will blow your mind and you'll love it! Don't see this too often anymore because people love recycling the cliche tropes but I'm all for shocks all around right down to the very end!


message 11: by T.J. (new)

T.J. Vista | 7 comments My least favorite is when characters start doing idiotic things that could endanger themselves and others around them just for the sake of plot.

My favorite is when the characters are forced to fight and survive against hostile threats and are willing to put aside their differences to make it work.


message 12: by Daniel (new)

Daniel James | 62 comments T.J. wrote: "My least favorite is when characters start doing idiotic things that could endanger themselves and others around them just for the sake of plot.

My favorite is when the characters are forced to f..."


T.J. wrote: "My least favorite is when characters start doing idiotic things that could endanger themselves and others around them just for the sake of plot.

My favorite is when the characters are forced to f..."


I totally agree with the stupidity angle. Characters who are just plain idiots in order to propel the plot really marinates my chicken. I stopped watching the Walking Dead TV show long ago because I'd swear the whole show is written by a team of monkeys. It's rife with characters doing the dumbest stuff just to create drama; I think I'm gritting my teeth just thinking about it. (I thought the comic book was awesome though, and it stuck the landing IMO.)


message 13: by Daniel (new)

Daniel James | 62 comments Least Favourite: Although there are plenty of exceptions to the following rule i.e. books I enjoyed that fly in the face of what I'm about to say, I personally hate any story where RC priests are super important and powerful because of their purity and connection to the church...has history and current events not proven time and again that such institutions are run by some of the biggest monsters on the planet?

Favourite: Those characters you're convinced are total dicks but go on to display added depth and redeem themselves in some way.


message 14: by Alan (new)

Alan | 5088 comments Mod
A trope I'm really starting to get fed up with is - the bully. Why is it that when kids or teens have enough problems with ghosts or demons or monsters or serial killers or interdimentional entities, they always have to have bullies after them as well? I'm reading, like, my third book in a row like that. Enough already.


message 15: by Cuniculus (new)

Cuniculus Potterton | 2880 comments Well, I think that's a general problem... having to deal with everyday shit in addition to the parnormal/horror shit you also have to deal with. "Hey boss, I was tracking down this evil vampire lord serial killer..." - "I am tired of your lazy excuses! You are fired!"


message 16: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (rachelunabridged) | 432 comments some of my favorite tropes are unreliable narrators, the asshole character turning out to be super reliable and helpful, and eldritch abominations.

my least favorites are characters carrying the idiot ball, purity/lack of purity having any bearing whatsoever, and bullying the antagonist into submission.


message 17: by Queralt✨ (new)

Queralt✨ (qyeranbbang) | 22 comments Least favorite trope: children in horror. Not necessarily something I hate, but just something that has become *part* of horror and I'm insanely tired of it. I haven't read any books that don't feature kids lately, it'd be awesome to read books without children sensing/seeing the paranormal being, or being the object of desire of the monster, or being a plot device in general.

Favorite: finding out the narrator is unreliable after noticing inconsistencies in the description, ghosts that pose a threat, ghosts that are violent because they can be and not revenge, haunted houses in isolated locations (gothic vibes a plus)


message 18: by Lora (new)

Lora Milton | 202 comments Another fan of ghosts, demons and various occult themes here.


message 19: by Mark (new)

Mark Campbell | 15 comments Marie wrote: "Least favorite would be animal cruelty in horror though when I was younger it didn't seem to bother me so much, but since I have gotten older it is hard to read about gutted animals especially cats..."

Seems like we have a lot in common, Marie. I love reading and writing about the supernatural, especially ghosts. I love those sorts of films, too, where a lot is left to the power of the suggestion. I do believe in the best horror everything does not need to be spelled out. Gratuitous horror is one of my least favourite themes. Especially people being tortured for no reason. That is just trying to shock for the sake of it. I like to think of myself as a thinking man's horror fan.


message 20: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 253 comments Favorite tropes: Vengeful and angry ghosts, any sort of evil dolls or clowns (they still scare me), unreliable narrators, the lights go out and the protagonist is left wandering in the pitch dark... and a hand grabs them (classic, never gets old), the dark and stormy night...

Least favorite: the children sense the horror/ghosts/evil but the adults cannot, torture porn, casual misogyny (all female characters are either pure of heart or crazy bitches), the villain's badness being built up throughout the book and then defeated ridiculously easy at the end,


message 21: by Kandice (new)

Kandice | 161 comments Unreliable narrator is the best, closely followed by a main character I don't like and can't relate to, but still feeling compelled to read.


message 22: by Lenore (new)

Lenore (lenores) | 21 comments favourite: I love when ghosts come for revenge like do yourr thing lol

least favourite: families ignoring the clealry disturbed kids


message 23: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline Passano (jpassano) | 47 comments Hands down an unreliable narrator is my favorite in horror.


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