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The Trope Thesaurus Kindle Edition
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I’m not suggesting we slap a few tropes together and call it done.
I’m talking about twisting tropes to create characters that fans can’t stop thinking about to increase story conflict.
How do we do that?
By digging down into the functions of tropes.
But isn’t a trope just a trope? What do secret baby, road trip, and revenge have in common?
Conflict. Conflict. Conflict.
The Trope Thesaurus explores tropes common in romance, mystery, suspense, thriller, science fiction, and fantasy. It also features a listing of tropes with their definitions, along with some ideas about how to use them more effectively to craft stronger stories.
New and established writers will appreciate this different take on a craft topic in the quest to become a fan favorite.
- ASIN : B09GX8Q2Q2
- Publication date : January 1, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 1308 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 197 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,482 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I saw no detail on what is in each trope. No hints on what is expected in a trope for "saving the princess" trope. There were no suggestions on how to work with "any port in a storm" trope.
Nothing to help you actually pick a hand full of tropes and implement them. As a point of reference I use the Conflict Thesaurus By Puglisi & Ackerman you look up a type of conflict and you get information such as basic examples, how to show it, what consequences (if any) could happen.
Again, the author's knowledge of tropes is not in question. I got more information from tvtropes.org on how to exercise a trope.
This is my opinion.
She does a fantastic job of breaking down the bigger genres into their tropes, proving that, honestly, all genres share the same story beneath the trappings of the genre. It's about characters and tropes and GMC.
With humor and a deft touch, she explains how to find tropes, twist them, wiggle them, jig them to work for you in a story and, most importantly, that not all tropes are All Important. Many secondary tropes can do some heavy lifting, too, to create compelling stories that readers will lap up like sugar.
This book is going into my writer toolkit.
I agree with her premise that most genre writers pick maybe two tropes and a lot of times their work feels flat because of it! This helps you round out characters in a way that readers eat up!
I think this is a great companion to 7 figure fiction by T. Taylor because both are really talking about the same thing. T. Taylor's wording uses "Universal Fantasy" but I really think that UF is multi-layered tropes so these books are meant to sit on the same shelf.
Enough rambling, just buy the book. You'll wind up getting a lot of use out of it for sure!
I will be referring to this book while mapping out a series. I highly recommend giving this book a try in your author toolkit.