Not the Chosen One

I’m always interested in tropes and the way authors play with them. At this point, the Chosen One trope has become both a huge cultural force and almost a parody of itself. Sometimes an author will choose to engage with it, but in a way that’s a little bit different. Maybe the story is narrated by someone close to the Chosen One, maybe the person who thought they were chosen isn’t. Because I don’t want to spoil the books below, I’m not saying exactly how they reflect this, but they do in some form. And I’d love to hear if you have a favorite I’ve missed!

White Cat by Holly Black
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
The Story of Owen/Prairie Fire by E.K. Johnston
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
UnLunDun by China Mieville
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon





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12 responses to “Not the Chosen One

  1. I really need to read Nimona. I own it and everything. lol

  2. Rachel Neumeier

    The Wings of Fire series by Sutherland — loved this aspect of the story!

    Parody of itself is so right sometimes!

  3. I really love the way Rainbow Rowell plays with it in CARRY ON.

  4. I was going to say Carry On as well but I see I’ve been beaten to the punch! :p Last year was heaven, when The Rest of Us Just Live Here and Carry On came out on the SAME EXACT DAY. I had some issues with Carry On as a total book, but reading it for the first time was a nearly perfect experience.

  5. You’ve got some excellent choices here. Makes me want to read the ones I haven’t (like The Imposter Queen and Heroine Complex). I hadn’t thought of Castle Hangnail in that particular way, but you’re right, it does play with the idea; maybe another reason why I liked it so much. There’s something so satisfying about a trope being subverted or played with.

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