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The One Trope I Love To Hate

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This is a slightly revised update of a post I originally submitted back in 2014.

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Back in April I wrote a post about the use of tropes in fiction, and how they don’t have to be a negative. Despite having made the case that any trope can be used successfully with strong writing and characterisation, there is still one trope that I really dislike regardless. The use of this trope in a fictional work has the ability to infuriate me like no other, and can often put me off reading books which prominently feature this trope. I am of course referring to the trope known as the Love Triangle.

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You Don’t Have To Hang Yourself With Tropes

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This is a slightly revised update of a post I originally submitted back in 2014.

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The term tropes has a number of definitions, but for the purposes of this post, it refers to those themes, conventions and plot devices that readers have come to expect in works of fiction. In this context, tropes are very much like clich├ęs, and any literary genre you can think of has its well known tropes. Many works of fantasy utilise the trope of the young orphan who (according to prophecy) is destined to save the day, for example. And, in science fiction, how many times have we read tales of scientists whose creations turn on their creators, and wreak havoc upon the world?

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