All Things Writing

Tropes and a review of the book: "Bubba the Monster Hunter; Scattered, Smothered, and Chunked

May 03, 2022 Bryan the Writer Season 3 Episode 12
All Things Writing
Tropes and a review of the book: "Bubba the Monster Hunter; Scattered, Smothered, and Chunked
Show Notes

The term trope actually is derived from the Greek word tropos. Tropos means to "turn or, direction, or way". Derived from the verb, it suggests that something is  being turned, to directed, to altered, or changed in some way. 

By the way, tropes and their classification were an important field in classical rhetoric. If my sources are to be believed. 

Literary terms.net defines tropes as referring to any type of figure of speech, theme, image, character, or plot element that is used many times. Any kind of literary device or any specific example can be a trope. Most often the word is used to refer to tropes that are widespread such as irony, metaphor, juxtaposition, and hyperbole, or themes such as ‘the noble savage’ or ‘the reluctant hero.’ It must be used multiple times to be a ‘trope’ but it is also possible talk about something that’s a trope in only one novel or one author’s works if it is used many times.

Are tropes bad? No. No where as bad as using tons of other different types of words and phrases we use in the English language. However, some can be overused. For example, there was a great commercial recently which played on tropes by showing a bunch of teens running from a crazed lunatic. They pointed to a spooky house, a barn full of axes, a hedge maze. One of them screams out something like, “Why don’t we just take the running car?” There was a running car in the background.

Stick with me for the discussion and a little later in the show I have a book review for you but before we get to that, I want to discuss a word with you. And that word is trope. Tropes and what are they is really the topic of discussion for today.

Thanks for joining us!

Want to know more about tropes?

https://www.skillshare.com/blog/literary-and-genre-tropes-make-your-stories-interesting/

Want to find out more about the book I reviewed?
https://www.amazon.com/Scattered-Smothered-Chunked-Monster-Hunter-ebook/dp/B00A6DT0P2

 

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