By: Aryanne Ferguson
There’s an entire website dedicated to tropes! Check it out here. In case you didn’t click the link, tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations.
As writers, readers, and TV-watchers we’ve all seen our fair share of recycled plots, and here they are—laid out in campy glory! Some of my favorites:
- Omnipresent tropes – the sometimes subtle patterns that are present in all our writing
- Subverted Trope – nothing like giving the reader what they don’t expect
- Strictly Formula – makes the case that when your action follows a predictable formula, you’re free to experiment with everything else, example characterization, language, writing style, description
Can you recognize the tropes in your own writing?