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Exploring The Top YA Fiction Book Tropes For Writers

By Mackenzie Harrison

If you know that you want to write a young adult (YA) fiction book but are unsure which trope you want to use, you’ve come to the right place! There’s a long list of options to choose from, so it can be challenging and even overwhelming to know which one to explore. Below, we’ll discuss the top YA fiction book tropes to help make your decision a little easier.

First Love

When it comes to YA fiction, one popular trope is first love. A young adult’s first love is monumental, special, and relatable. You can either make the characters’ first love sweet and romantic, or you can make it passionate and maybe even toxic. Readers will want to fall in love with the couple’s love and root for them. 

The Chosen One

While this trope is often used, it’s timeless. It gives the character, which may seem like the underdog at first, a purpose in life. Their whole life leads up to one moment, which is to defeat the evil character. 

Love Triangles

In this trope, the protagonist is torn between two people they are in love with. Throughout the book, they go back and forth on which character they should pick. Readers love this trope because it gives them something to root for. They typically pick their favorite character that they want the protagonist to choose. In the end, the protagonist will choose the one they love most. 

Coming Of Age

In this trope, the protagonist faces obstacles and goes through different life experiences that challenge them. It also pushes them to grow as a person. This could be a character going through school, navigating a first love and friendships, or starting a job.


Books allow the reader to dive into another world and experience things that they maybe wish the real world had. Magic and superpowers are things that many young adults like to read about. This trope is quite versatile. You can make the world magical, and everyone has special powers, or you can have the protagonist be the only (known) character with powers. 

The Hesitant Royal

In this trope, the protagonist faces royal responsibilities where they will eventually need to step into the royal role. Typically, they feel like they aren’t ready to take on that kind of responsibility; however, throughout the story, they face challenges, mature, and grow as a person and as a ruler. 

Good Vs. Evil

This trope can be woven into many different tropes. It explores the classic light vs. dark. The protagonist has to determine which side they want to fight for. In the end, they typically choose the good side, and the good usually wins. 

In Conclusion

In conclusion, the YA fiction book trope possibilities are practically endless. Even though it can be overwhelming to decide which one you want to explore, the right one is out there. There are also tropes that you can intertwine with others, like good vs. evil, magic, and love triangles. Whichever trope you decide, your readers will fall in love with it. 

Once you have your YA fiction book done, the next step to complete your book is to make a book cover. Book covers are incredibly important because they are the face of your book. While your words will rope them in to not be able to put your book down, the cover is what will intrigue them. With the help of Book Brush, you’ll be able to create beautiful book covers in a matter of minutes. Book Brush is a tool that helps authors create a variety of graphics, such as book covers, ads, Amazon A+ stacked images, book trailers, and more! We also have book cover templates to make creating your book cover even easier. Complete your book with a stunning cover with the help of Book Brush today!


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