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16 February 2019 @ 02:58 pm
Trope Showdown!  
Okay, so I finally did the tropes showdown that everybody was doing all last week! This time, I did it JUST thinking about Harry/Draco, and I didn't let myself click "i like both" or "no opinion". So without further ado, here's my list, with some random ~thoughts~
1 Magical Connection (Telepathy, etc)
2 Supernatural Creature/Human Romance
3 Vampires/Werewolves AU
4 Royals/Political Marriage Turns Into Feelings
5 Enemies to Friends to Lovers

Okay, full disclosure, I don't actually think I was thinking of Drarry for the trope "Royals/Political Marriage Turns Into Feelings" because while this is 100% a trope I love, I don't really love it for Drarry, as I tend not to love AUs in general for HP. But the others are definitely accurate. Can you tell I love creature and bonding fics?
6 Seemingly Unrequited Pining
7 Found Families
8 Pride and Prejudice AU
9 'They All Work In An Office' AU
10 Soulmate Identifying Marks (Tattoo, Red Thread of Fate, etc)

For "They All Work in An Office AU" I didn't really think AU, but really just them all working together at Hogwarts (like at the Ministry/as Aurors, etc.) I love Pride & Prejudice AUs for other fandoms, and though I'm not an AU fan for HP, I feel like I NEED Draco as Mr Darcy ASAP.
11 Snowed-In Cabin/Isolated Together For Extended Period of Time
12 'Groundhog Day'/Karmic Time Loop
13 Fake Dating/Fake Marriage Accidentally Turns Into Feelings
14 'Falling For A Coworker/Teammate Is A Bad Idea' Except This Is Fiction So It Works Out
15 Hurt/Comfort
16 A/B/O
17 Unusually Specific Occupation AU, Like, The Author Clearly Has The Same Job
18 And They Were Roommates!
19 Fairy Tale/Mythology AU
20 High School/University AU

I actually can really like Unusually Specific Occupations for other fandoms, but for H/D I'm pretty picky about them, particularly for Harry, unless the author really sells me on the believability. Similarly, I LOVE Fairy Tale/Mythology AUs in other fandoms, but as a rule, I just don't like HP fics that don't follow the book canon, so it was lower ranked here.
21 They Break Up (but then They Get Back Together)
22 Loyalty Kink
23 Friends to Lovers
24 Hot Single Parent(s)
25 Accidentally Fell In Love With The Mission Target
26 Daemons
27 Body Swapping
28 Hogwarts AU
29 Actually Unrequited Pining

A lot of these are tropes I like, but only under certain circumstances. Break!up Fic can be gorgeous, but sometimes it's just too angsty. I like Friends to Lovers for other pairings but it doesn't work as well for me with H/D. For "Hogwarts AU" I read that as something that goes AU while at Hogwarts (aka, not canon compliant through the first 7 books) which is generally not my favorite, but I've definitely read some good ones, particularly older ones written while the series was still being written. Daemons could be super interesting, IMO. I've not read any AUs like that with HP, but I actually think it would work really well, especially with the whole Patronus thing....
30 Amnesia Fic
31 Polyamory
32 Adopting/Raising a Baby
33 'Everyone is Evil'/Mirrorverse AU
34 Coffee House AU/Food Service AU
35 Reincarnation/'25 Lives' AU
36 Characters Swap Roles AU (I don't mean in the bedroom)
37 Selfcest (possibly due to time travel)

So I'd say these are pretty accurate as some of my least favorite tropes, particularly for H/D. I'm SUPER picky about Amnesia Fics to the point where I basically don't like the trope at all (though in the right circumstances, I LOVE IT). Generally not interested in Kid!Fic or raising babies/children, I cannot buy a circumstance in which Harry/Draco are working as baristas or in food service TBH, and I'm just personally not into Polyamory for my OTPs, though I enjoy reading it for other pairings. I like Reincarnation for certain fandoms where it makes sense (Hello, Merlin) but I'm really not into it for Drarry at all. Generally not a fan of Everyone is Evil AU or Roleswap AUs, and that goes extra for Drarry. And selfcest is super accurate at the bottom. It's actually the biggest reason why the Bodyswap trope is so low on the list as well, because I just don't like when the characters hook up while still swapped.

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