Friday, December 5, 2014

Resource: TVTropes.org

Don't let the URL fool you - the TVTropes.org website is not just about television. Instead, it is "a catalog of the tricks of the trade [tropes] for writing fiction," which means it can be a valuable resource for the stories you will be writing in these classes, and it is also really useful for analyzing stories of all kinds.  It covers written fiction, movies, television, comic books, and video games, too.

If you have never explored this website before, I would suggest you just hit the "random" button a half-dozen or so times to get a sense of what the pages are like. (The random button is on the far right, below the search box.)


Then, when you see something that grabs your attention, like Love at First Sight, you can read through the description of the trope, and then you can go down to the bottom of the article where you will find links to related articles. Some of these are other tropes, like Love Redeems, while others are index pages, like Fairy Tale Tropes.


You can really spend hours going from page to page, exploring all the story possibilities, branching out from Fairy Tale Tropes, for example. There's even a great page called Trope Tropes, which are tropes about tropes, i.e. "how tropes come into existence, live, mutate, evolve, and die." So, be warned: this site is very useful, but very addicting. You may need to set a timer so that you don't end up spending more time that you have available!

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