Top 5 Tuesday

Five Horror Tropes That Don’t Scare Me

Hello! Today I am taking part in another Top 5 Tuesday. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, but now it is hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads. Today’s topic is horror tropes that don’t scare.

I am someone who is scared pretty easily, so I am not sure how this one is going to go! I don’t read many horror books, in fact I think I have only read one or two. My main thing is that when I am watching a horror film or reading a horror book, I will just put myself in the story. So all of the bad things that are happening to the characters, I would feel like it is happening to me. It means that pretty much everything now frightens me.

Blood and Gore

Blood and gore doesn’t particularly scare me. I know that it is probably meant to gross me out and also scare me, but I don’t find it scary at all. I think I just expect it, so there isn’t a fear factor.


The traditional monsters like vampires and werewolves and zombies don’t scare me. I think because I grew up seeing these creatures in ’nicer’ settings, that I don’t see these historically scary beings as scary anymore. They are also usually depicted so differently from story to story yet have this familiarity too, so I love seeing how different authors portray them.

The Abandoned Place

I suppose I find this trope a little bit creepy, but I wouldn’t say that it is a trope that scares me. I actually really like this trope, because I like the idea of removing obstacles like other people or convenient objects that would usually be in the setting to help the characters.


I have never understood clowns. I have never found them funny or happy or scary. They have just kind of been there for me. I find it to be quite an odd trope. I think that they are supposed to be a trustworthy figure, so that it is easy for them to lure victims when they go bad. But for me it has just always been weird. I do however admire the way the scary clowns look – they do look scary, but I don’t often find their storylines scary.

Possessed/Cursed Object

Dolls are the worst one for me. Maybe Annabelle ruined it for me, who knows. It tends to pull an eye roll out of me. Although I do kind of like the possessed amulet one, but it still doesn’t scare me but does intrigue me.

So if anything this post has just been a ’it doesn’t scare me, but intrigues me’ kind of post.

I just read Meeghan’s post for this week and I share a lot of her thoughts! It appears that I have maybe just read too many fantasy novels to even recognise that ‘Demon Possession’ or ’Necromancy’ can also be considered horror and not just elements to all of my favourite fantasy novels!!

Some tropes that do tend to scare me though are things like the vengeful spirit or jump scares and creepy music in films. I never used to be scared of jump scares, but lately I have been getting really scared by them!

Let me know what horror tropes don’t scare you!

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21 thoughts on “Five Horror Tropes That Don’t Scare Me

  1. You are definitely on your own with clowns!! But I’m with you on gore — it does not phase me in the least. In fact, slasher films with all the blood and guts are probably my favourite of all the horror films!! Hope you had fun this week 👻


  2. I think with the abandoned place trope, there has to be a really good and creepy story behind it – but also not relay too heavily on the other tropes usually found with abandoned places.

    Blood and gore I’m usually quite good with – watched a lot of crime shows growing up and then moved to horror movies😄 but sometimes it can become too much – oh gosh, ANYTHING with fingernails is a no-no

    You’re not scared of clowns or possessed dolls?? 😲😲 Wow you’re brave😆😆

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    1. That is true about the abandoned place trope!
      You’ve made my fingernails go all weird now!! Maybe I should reconsider including blood and gore on this list😅
      I just don’t find clowns or possessed dolls scary! I think with clowns they are overused, and then with dolls I grew up with dolls being displayed, so the concept doesn’t scare me? I don’t know😂

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      1. I am definitely team no no on fingernails😂
        We weren’t doll girls either, however my Nan (who passed away before I was born) loved them and had hundreds, and my dad got a few of them when she passed so they have just always been a feature of our living room😂 it’s always scared one of my friends, but for me it’s completely normal

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      2. It’s awful with the fingernails!!
        Are the dolls the porcelain ones with the weird faces? Because then I can understand 😆😆 My Nonna (gran) also had some dolls, which I actually liked, luckily they’re not creepy😆

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      3. Yes! Porcelain dolls were the ones she had! My friends found them all very creepy, because where they were displayed in the living room, you could see them in the mantlepiece mirror, so they would always say that it felt like they were being watched by them no matter where they were in the room lol

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