Fantasy is my all time favorite genre (argue any other way and you’re wrong) and a lot of the time urban and high fantasy alike are constantly using a certain trope and that is the Chosen One. The word trope is not used in a bad way here, actually if there was one trope I would say I could never get tired of it’s this one. It may seem boring and repetitive to some but if done well each time the book will make you fall in love with it and that is what a good book regardless of the tropes employed is supposed to do.
Harry Potter, easily said to be best novel of all time (said by me and is thus obviously true) structures it’s whole story around the fact of Harry being the chosen one. Although books with chosen ones and such are usually easy to predict what happens next. It doesn’t diminish how much you continue to enjoy said book. Another popular book series that employs this tactic is the Percy Jackson series, all the prophecies Percy is given are somewhat vague and hard to decipher, he is still a chosen one and the books are still a lot of fun to read.
Authors are constantly finding ways to change it up and make it different. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess is a prime example of this. The main character is thought and praised as the chosen one, yet it turns out that she actually might not be. Cluess manages to put her own spin on what some would say is an overused cliche and make it fresh and interesting.
What might be a cliche for one is considered to be great literature to me (at least when it comes to this cliche for me). This trope is one I love reading whether it be science fiction, paranormal or urban fantasy.
Those are pretty much all my thoughts and reasons why the chosen one trope is my all time favorite.
Do you have any favorite tropes? Do you know of any good books that use this trope? Please leave a comment below.