Trope Explorer #5: Not Quite Human

The Not Quite Human is a trope that has a plethora of sub-tropes. It’s mostly used in sci-fi or urban fantasy and similar genres. Aliens. Little Green Men (which is a trope in itself), Werewolves (shapeshifters of all types, actually), and various other creatures, monsters, alien-types, gods, etc. that all can or have appeared to be human.

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Trope Explorer #4: Little Miss Badass

As a woman I sometimes find this trope annoying, and as a sister to someone who would definitely qualify as a Little Miss Badass (a three-dimensional, awesome, loving, fun little badass of a sister, btw) I can understand why this trope can be fun and interesting, but also a little on-the-nose and formulaic.

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Trope Explorer #3: Comforting the Widow

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In many action or adventure plots there is a story arc that can contain this trope, or an equivalent. Comforting the Widow can be a trope that can either have negative or positive results, depending on the situation. Usually, comforting the widow involves a friend or family friend of the deceased comforting the widow in a way that leads to a close friendship that also, sometimes, leads to a romantic relationship or physical relationship.

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Trope Explorer #1: Plot Armor

In general, it seems risky to put your protagonist in such eminent danger that there’s a strong possibility that they could die unless you use a Deus Ex Machina or other type of trope to constantly save them. That, or Plot Armor.

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New Blog Series

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I have some exciting things planned for this blog. Although I have allowed myself to be more open in terms of what I write about on this blog rather than boxing myself in with one topic, I do want to concentrate on writing quite often.

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