Thursday, March 14, 2013

Blog Chain--Favorite Tropes

It's blog chain time again. Once again I'm a day late. I fully intended to blog yesterday but I was really down in the dumps. Sounds lame, I know, but I'm really bad at the social media stuff when I'm feeling down. Depression makes me antisocial. Luckily, the sun is out today and I'm feeling a lot better.

So now on with the chain. This week's blog chain was started by Kate who asks:

As a reader and/or a writer what are some of your favorite fiction tropes? Are you sucker for secretly in love with best friend type stories, stories set in mysterious boarding school stories, stories that contain time travel, or something else entirely? As a writer how do you try to give the tropes you tackle in your own books a fresh spin?

My tastes are pretty across the board. But if I were forced to choose, I think my favorite story is the superhero's journey. (I know. I've shocked you all, right? *grin*) I love a good "someone discovers they have superpowers and now they must figure out how to control them and if they're going to use them for good or evil" story.

As an avid reader of comic books I love how this has been handled in a hundred different ways from Captain America (It is my duty to serve) to Spider Man (Um, I'm just a teen trying to survive high school) to the Phoenix (I think I'm good, yet there's a part of me that wants to engulf the world in flames. So, yeah...) to Storm (You want to worship me as a God? I suppose that won't hurt.)

As Uncle Ben once said, "With great power comes great responsibility." But what if those with the power think it's a curse? The entire situation spins on its head. And that is why the super hero trope is my favorite.

So what about you? What's your favorite fiction trope?

For more links along the chain, check out Alyson's post before mine and Amparo's post today!

And now, because it's almost Friday, I will leave you with the best video ever created.

As Stan the man would say, "Excelsior!"


  1. HA, that video is hilarious! I do like the superhero trope, but with Hollywood constantly pumping them out (really another Superman movie!?!) I have to admit to feeling a little fatigue.

  2. I, personally, am so happy that there's another Superman movie. Mostly because of Kate Bosworth in the last one. Great actress, but badbadbad casting.

    When it comes to tropes, I really like the ugly duckling thing. A reformation of not just the heroine/hero's physical appearance, but where the MC finds an inner strength that they never knew was there ;)