I'm reading A Song for Arbonne, and though I'm liking it (more and more as it goes on), there's one repeated trope that I'm rolling my eyes at a bit because of the repetition, even though I mostly like each individual instance of it:
Person 1 says x. Person 2, the viewpoint character for that scene, thinks Oh. The implications are y and z. Person 2 then looks at person 3, and sees that person 3 has also seen the implications. Person 2 then looks at person 4, and sees that person 4 has also seen the implications, which makes person 2 realize that person 4 is smarter than previously believed. Then someone else says something else and the whole process repeats.
I think it's great that there are all these smart people running around in this book. They're all aware of the implications of everything; they all see almost immediately where any given new piece of information leads; they're all clever (and witty) and aware of subtlety and nuance; they all gain respect for each other as they notice that the others are also clever and understand implications. I love characters like that, and I like these particular characters quite a bit. And in general, when I'm reading fiction, I don't like it when characters are slow to figure things out, or spend a lot of time being wrong about other characters.
And yet, I'm finding that when almost all of the important characters are like that, and nearly every chapter has a scene or two that follows the above outline, I begin to tire of it. It's not that I want the characters to be dumber or the situations to be less full of nuance and implication; I just want a little more variety in the characters' reactions to things and in the presentation of those reactions.
(Come to think of it, I think I'm having the same reaction I sometimes have to conversations among Heinlein characters. But perhaps I'd better not pursue that line of thought any further.)