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Posted 11/15/08 , edited 11/15/08

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.

I think reading through this site will help out a lot of fiction writers.

Be careful though. I easily lose an entire day while reading through. There's just so much to read about and it's fun as hell too.
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