You know what trope is not my favorite? Miscommunication.
To be fair, miscommunication usually gives way to conflict which in turn gives way to a story. Conflict is obviously needed for a story to happen, but I feel as if miscommunication is used far too often to help the conflict along.
Seeing opportunities in stories where the characters could solve so many problems by just talking to each other — rather than keeping quiet to “protect the others” or to “not burden anyone else” — just really bothers me.
Honestly, I’m probably guilty of this too, but I try to subvert the trope as well. Instead of having characters hide information for the good of the rest of the group, writers could have the forgetful characters have the information, or have the character always get interrupted when they’re trying to share the info. I’ve also had a character who just had different ways of prioritizing information and, thus, thought that the information didn’t need sharing.
What overused, or not, tropes do you dislike in stories? How do you avoid or twist them around?