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When a good trope goes bad

Discussion in 'Tea Room (Book Chat)' started by Cece, 8 Aug 2018.

  1. Cece

    Cece New Member

    Arguably, every story utilizes tropes to some extent. Sometimes, one story will use a trope very well and the next will use that same trope and it falls flat.

    What do you think makes tropes fail sometimes? Is it an overreliance on the trope that results in less character and/or plot development? Is it when there are too many tropes or the wrong combination of them that lead to the story being too predictable or the characters too boring? Or does it just come down to poor writing?
     
  2. Tregaron

    Tregaron Member

    I think the problem is that tropes are something that should occur naturally in the course of the story, growing from character and plot. When multiple stories have the same style of events, that is when it becomes a trope.

    When an author forces the plot or characters to perform the trope when it does not fit them and does not go with the story's flow naturally, that is when it falls flat. Rather than trying to write to fit a trope into a story, let the characters perform as they will and tropes that arise will do so naturally.
     

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