Story Tropes: Love (Video by Nika Harper)

I decided I’m so bad about posting, Ill start to share interesting videos, articles, and web sites that might interest other writers.

Today’s link by National Novel Writing Month YouTube channel, talks about Story Tropes: Love.

What is a trope?

A literary trope is the use of figurative language – via word, phrase, or even an image – for artistic effect[1] such as using a figure of speech. The word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices,[2] motifs or clichés in creative works. (wikipedia)

Some writers might consider tropes as cliché’s and should be avoided, but classic story telling often includes tropes because they work so well. They often speak truthfully about the human condition- of characters as well as the readers.

You can look up tons of tropes at TVtropes.org which is searchable by genre, medium, and type.

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3 responses to “Story Tropes: Love (Video by Nika Harper)

  1. If I’m never seen or heard from again, it’s because I’m lost somewhere in the murky depths of that tv tropes site. This is possibly more addictive than wikipedia!

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  2. Oh I have SO much love for tvtropes… it’s great inspiratation for writing, and finding new things to love and I daren’t go there too often because I lose hours!

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