In case you’re not familiar with it, go check out http://tvtropes.org right now. In case you’re too lazy to click on the link, I’m posting a blurb from the site’s main page here:
What is this about? This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction.
Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés. The word clichéd means “stereotyped and trite.” In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them.
The wiki is called “TV Tropes” because TV is where we started. Over the course of a few years, our scope has crept out to include other media. Tropes transcend television. They reflect life. Since a lot of art, especially the popular arts, does its best to reflect life, tropes are likely to show up everywhere.
The reason I titled this post “TVTropes Is Evil” is because the site sucks you in. It’s all hyperlinked, like any good wiki. You’re bound to see some things there that you’re familiar with, so you click on those, and then you click on links from there, etc. It’s actually a really well put-together website, and again, you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already.
Much of the fiction I write is based on a subversion or inversion of a trope, as you may have already seen. I’ll continue to post links to tropes that I’m talking about, as I talk about them.