Posted by: coolerbecky | June 29, 2009

The Best and Worst of Writing

TVTropes LogoToday’s post is brought to you by time that has gone missing while you’ve been reading things on the Internet. If you have not yet experienced this novel concept of disappearing time, then you obviously have never visited TV Tropes.

TV Tropes is a wikipedia-like website that collects various tropes – common themes, concepts and “tricks of the trade” found throughout fiction. While the website is called TV Tropes, the collection of tropes is encompasses all iterations of fiction – from literature to comic books, television to video games and everything in between.

Each trope has a clever and unique name that also serves as a descriptor for the trope itself. Examples of this include “Everybody’s Dead Dave” (a reference to Red Dwarf), “Large Ham” (a description of William Shatner) and “Cloudcookoolander” (self-explanatory). The articles then contain a quick description of the trope in question, followed by a list of examples of the trope as seen in various media.

If you’re in a mind to find out what tropes your favourite piece of fiction has, TV Tropes also contains articles about various popular shows, each of which contains an informal description of the program or book in question, then provides an exhaustive list of tropes contained within.

Unlike wikipedia, TV Tropes has a very tongue-in-cheek style and does not contain any citations. The website is meant to be used as a humorous resource for writers and therefore should not be taken too seriously.

If you’ve been clicking through the links provided in this article, you’ve probably already discovered the only problem that you’ll encounter with TV Tropes – links clicked lead to other links, taking up an ever expanding number of tabs in your browser. If you’ve already reached this point, then congratulations, you’ve not only discovered the addictive quality of TV Tropes, but have also grasped the concept of time that has gone missing while you’ve been reading things on the Internet.

Only an intervention from your friends can save you now.

You can get to the TV Tropes page at http://tvtropes.org/. The website contains a lot of engaging content and also has a lot of helpful trivia guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours on end.

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