The "chosen at birth" meme is so overdone - maybe we need to brainstorm some NEW memes for writers?
(where is a tongue in a cheek smilie when you want one?)
But, seriously (for a minute, at least), think about it - it really seems a bit over written at the moment - it's like its the meme of the 2010s. Nobody steps up on their own to do anything - they are "chosen at birth" by Fate, the gods, the writer (well - always by the writer, I suppose), and they have to do it.
Potential spoiler - I rather liked that in the last battle in the YA series about the children of the Greco-Roman gods, that Percy stepped aside and we realized that HE was not the one foretold to kill the big bad. But I'm going to let everyone read the last book to find out who did take weapon in hand and END that Big Bad (and the writer has started a NEW series - but I haven't been able to "get into" it the same way I got into the first series). Maybe when I can sit down & read the whole series in a week on vacation....with fewer interruptions?
I think that the publishers & editors need to be pressing the writers for something that isn't quite so much like the last sixteen best selling series. A new line of something needs to be written - and sell - if only to get some of the other writers to wake up and start WRITING better (or letting their editors edit more tightly) to get rid of the drivel that a few series have slowly ground down to the level of. Or how many sharks you have the lead character jump....
Laurell K. Hamilton, Jean Auel, Tom Clancy, and a few others - I'm looking at YOU! (But neither buying nor reading the latest dreck in your "series" - because, frankly, my dears, I don't give a reservoir what happens next any more!)