Book Trope Thursdays: The Chosen One

This is just a little feature where I discuss the common tropes that we often see in YA books. I feel like not all tropes are a hit and miss for me so it’d be interesting to see different opinions. This week: The Chosen One.

Probably the best example of this is the one and only Harry Potter. The first picture that came up when I searched the chosen one is the one on this post. He’s got the one thing that differentiates chosen ones from specials ones. No, it’s not a cool scar, it’s not the scarred childhood.

It’s a prophecy.

That’s all it is really, just one prophecy and boom you’re the chosen one. We see this in books such as Percy Jackson which revolve around the character having this specific destiny that will save the world.We see this trope being used again and again, not only in books but in films too such as The Matrix and more recently, Jupiter Ascending. The question is does it still work?

My answer would be hell yeah.

The chosen one is a trope that I feel we can all connect to. A person is suddenly thrown into a destiny they could never imagine. We want to know what we’re meant for, what our purpose in life is and there’s no other trope more perfect than the chosen one. Even though when we’re reading/watching it we’re probably like “oh no not another one” but we all enjoy it and totally root for the main character.

I especially love Eragon for the chosen one trope because there was no prophecy involved, just a dragon who chose her rider. This just shows that this trope can be made different by just simply not having a prophecy, having someone pick a chosen one instead of just fate. As a reader, I love these kind of stories because the character gets to grow and develop into someone who’s badass… don’t we all want that? No? Is it just me?

What would your answer be?

Author: Prima

Still crazy obsessed with High School Musical and is still disappointed real life high school did not involved as much singing and dancing. Almost 18 but relates to 5 year olds. Super cynical about Disney movies and kdramas but still loves them. Blogs about books and feels.

3 thoughts on “Book Trope Thursdays: The Chosen One”

  1. Cool topic. I like this trope, if it’s done in a fantasy or paranormal world. So Harry Potter is a great example. In cases of dystopia worlds, it’s more of “if-you-are-a-bad-ass-rebel-you-will-be-our-savior” type thing. The Hunger Games is the obvious choice for this example. I’m more partial to fantasy worlds, at least it seems more like destiny than pure chance.

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    1. Totally agree. This trope is much better in fantasy than other genres. The genre just gives it more purpose for me, like you said, and makes it’s just slightly more believable.


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