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Trope Roulette: My Instincts Are Showing

It’s been a while, but I’m ready for a second installment of Trope Roulette!  The idea is to visit that evil time-sink of a site, TVTropes, and hit the Random button until I find something I can talk about.  621 more words


Skilled Lieutenant

Suspense in drama requires that we believe, often against our better judgement, that the protagonist faces genuine danger. In this blog entry, I reflect on one of my favorite tropes in film that can make the difference between bland and compelling action: the Skilled Lieutenant (SL). 1,306 more words


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‘The Lives of The Artists’

There are certain signs, tropes, symbols, accessories and signifiers which we associate with the word “artist”. To play the role of artist one needs certain props.

Race as a trope in role-playing games

I have real difficulty putting down any sort of hard boundaries around role-playing games. Like other things, I know it when I see it. But “race” as a trope seems as core to most RPGs as “classes” and some sort of individual characteristic statistics. 424 more words


In Defense of Mary Sue and Gary Stu

As I’ve been doing reviews I keep hearing the same criticism about characters ‘he’s a Gary Stu” or for a girl “she’s a Mary Sue”.  I have to admit I always thought this was a way of describing a boring, uninteresting character in a story.  1,778 more words



Continuing with the examination of fantasy tropes, especially those in contemporary fantasy, I’ll now deal with that second horror genre crossover to non-horror fantasy, the werewolf. 848 more words