March 23, 2015 by KWills
Well, that plan didn’t last for long. It was mostly sound, I just didn’t manage my time well. Still, in the spirit of never giving up, I’m about to attempt another A-Z April. Because I’m stubborn like that.
This year’s theme is tropes, and there will be links to the TV Tropes website, which will serve as the source of most of the definitions. WARNING: TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life. Follow links at your own risk.
So, what is a trope? The dictionary gives this definition:
“A figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression;
A significant or recurrent theme; a motif.“
TV Tropes says:
“Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations.”
Tropes are not:
- A genre
- Proof of bad writing
- Proof of good writing
Tropes simply are. They emerge naturally in a culture, sometimes independently in several places at once. They show us what we were, what we are, and what we want to be. And, once seen, they can’t be unseen.