Monday, January 18, 2016

YA trope I'm sick of

Last month I did the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag, and I couldn't think of a popular book trope that I'm sick of. This past week I finally came up with one!

Well, it's less of a trope and more of a character element, but I'm going to share it anyway.

Chuck Taylors.

http://onlyagame.wbur.org/2013/11/02/chuck-taylor-biography-converse

Seriously, do authors think teenagers don't wear any other type of shoe? I was reading two books last week that mentioned characters wearing these shoes. One guy. One girl.

I didn't even know what a Chuck Taylor was until after reading The Fault in Our Stars. I had to Google it to find out that that even meant Converse All Star. Who actually calls them Chuck Taylors? Am I the only one who wasn't aware of this term?

That's it. End brief rank.


But am I curious. When did this trend start? Has anyone else noticed the overuse of this shoe in YA books?


Side Notes:

1. There's actually a book about the phenomenon of Chucks. Perhaps I should read this book.


2. There's a YA book with a character named Chuck Taylor. I may need to check this book too.


And that's the end of my weirdest post yet. :)

10 comments:

  1. Not sure when the trend started in books but I've been wearing my low top black converse (I have always just called them that) since high school. I wasn't sure the kids these days were still wearing them!!

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    1. I've actually never had a pair. I was always a Keds kind of girl growing up. But I did always just call them Converse. We bought a pair for my niece a few years ago when she was 10 I think.

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  2. Lol, I noticed this shoe trend in books, too. I have seen a lot of young people wearing them in real life, so I guess they’re fashionable shoes? I don’t know.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who noticed it. :)

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  3. Haha! I recently read about three books where they were the shoe of choice for the MC. It's insane how widely used they are. I know a lot of people do wear them, but I don't think as many as these books imply lol.

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    1. I agree! Glad I'm not the only one noticing this trend. I do see them IRL, but definitely not as often as they're worn in books.

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  4. We had German exchange students in the early 90s who went to the store specifically looking for Chuck Taylors at the cheap American prices - that was the first I'd heard of them by that name. My favorite obscure pop culture reference to them (not something I feel we need lots of, really) is in the song "Transparent" by the wizard rock band the Moaning Myrtles - here's a video: https://youtu.be/ZG4pd78Igj0

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    1. Oh, so maybe it's a European thing, calling them Chuck Taylors. Interesting.

      I love that video! So cute. I think the guys at the beginning in the cupboard under the stairs are the DeGeorge brothers from Harry and the Potters. I saw them at NerdCon. They're adorable! Are you a fan of wizard rock? I didn't even know that was a thing until I saw Harry and the Potters.

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  5. Imagine today's players wearing the same gear as Chuck in 1921?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Taylor_(salesman)

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