I write this because I believe that English uses the word “trope” in a different way than in French. It’s a rare word here, and I had to check in dictionaries to understand it.
I hear that in the world of telling stories, a trope is like a “little structure”, linked to other words : conventions, stereotypes, clichés, but also “twists and turns”.
- Big tropes, archetypes with capitals like : The Chosen One. The Artifact of Power. The Damsel in Distress. The Knight in Shining Armor.
- Typical narrative structures like : enemies to lovers, tough guy secretly sensitive, forbidden love,
- Situations or plot elements : “there’s only one bed”
It leads to many questions & paths :
- Tropes by categories (ex : Fantasy Tropes : quest, dark lord, hero, good vs evil, blah blah)
- Clichés are boring, aren’t tropes boring?
- New tropes?
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clich%C3%A9 Clichés are irritating, right?
- Platitudes. Stereotypes.
- Tropes are good because familiarity.
- When tropes are predictable to the point of boredom.
- Are predictable tropes clichés?
- Tropes as metaphors.
Well, it’s too big. Creativity and storytelling, finding the frontier between good tropes and boring ones, etc. I need a book. You have an idea?
Thanks for reading!
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