Back in the Saddle Again (Again)

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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.

Banner and link for "Blogging from A to Z: April" 2015This 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:

  • Clichés
  • 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.

I repeat: TV Tropes will ruin your life. It’s not just a time-sink, it’s a gateway into a whole new way of looking at stories. Read on… if you dare.

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One thought on “Back in the Saddle Again (Again)

  1. Alex Hurst says:

    I’m doing a series on Archetypes right now, so this one sounds awesome to me. 🙂

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