Sometimes, yes, those tropes are still bad. But you can enjoy those type of tropes. Guilty pleasure reading is a good thing and you should practice it!
Come look at some bad tropes I think are done well.
Yes, series are great to read because you can stay in the same universe and (usually) the same characters; but an argument can be made for really good standalones.
And this is what I offer you here! Come and see if we share some titles!