When I first looked up writing tips, the word “trope” popped up everywhere – on YouTube, on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest. Enter in a whole new world of terms to sift through. Let’s begin discussing tropes.
To be unequivocally cliche here, Webster’s Dictionary defines a TROPE as: “a word or expression used in a figurative sense,” and “a common or overused theme or device.”
Storytelling is an art form that’s been around for centuries. Ever open a new book, get four chapters in, and wonder why it seemed familiar? Every genre has its own kind of formula and character traits to go with them – the love triangle in a Rom Com, the wizard who uses a wand to aid him in his spell casting, faeries who are based off Disney’s Tinkerbell from Neverland.
Are they completely untouchable?
What if the author wants to use them in some form or another? Since putting my #histfict series on hold to get this fantasy concept out, I’ve been revisiting the following tropes.
Different genre, different tropes, right?
Here are five tropes I really want to use but won’t
“Girls who disguise themselves as boys in order to adventure” via silverblade.net
“The main character’s parents die in an accident/in war/murdered” via HobbyLark
“The races/species are uniform” via Fantasy-Faction
“Characters with no experience are better than the experts” via mythcreants
“Going back to their small town to get away from something/rekindling old romances” via The Writing Cooperative
An ever constant challenge: creating a story that isn’t completely trope-y! Pick a trope typically used in a genre completely different from what you write and rework it to fit your own genre.