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Break the Tropes

10 Apr
  • A healer in a fantasy world that doesn’t have a calming bedside manner, one who has no qualms about smashing his/her/their healing staff over an enemy’s heads.
  • A wise old mentor who has forgotten the last couple of lines of the ancient prophecy.
  • The hero who hears the prophecy and nopes the heck outta there instead of “embracing their destiny.”
  • The princess who decides she doesn’t want to be locked in a tower anymore and breaks out on her own, taming the dragon and riding it off to freedom.
  • Perhaps the princess enjoys the solitude and kicks her would-be hero out once he “invades.”
  • Have the redhead be calm and collected rather than have a personality described “as fiery as their hair.”
  • Let’s have buff nerds and jocks wearing glasses.
  • Small cheerful characters kicking the ass out of bullies.
  • Characters that are open about their romantic and sexual attractions, no matter what they are.
  • Rather than dragons hoarding gold, having small domestic dragons that breathe water to help grow gardens.
  • Teenagers focused more on passing their classes than being caught in a love triangle.
  • Teenagers prophesied to save the world focused more on actually saving the world than being caught in a love triangle.
  • Teenagers prophesied to save the world focused on finding capable adults to save the world, refusing to believe that they are the only hope the world has because they are only teenagers who are focused more on passing their classes.

What else can you add to the list?

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8 responses to “Break the Tropes

  1. Austin L. Wiggins

    April 10, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I don’t have anything to add yet, but I think this is a fantastic list. I appreciate it, and I’m going to share it to my twitter

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    • Kris P.

      April 11, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks very much! I’m glad you like it and appreciate you sharing it via Twitter! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

       
  2. Nthato Morakabi

    April 26, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Haha! These are actually great. We need to break all of these tropes, including “Is the son/daughter of a Greek god” or “Is the apprentice/young/novice magician who is special and unique, and the only one able to defeat the suddenly incapable evil grand wizard.”

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  3. indigowood

    April 26, 2017 at 10:19 am

    This is awesome!! I love each and every one of these ideas!

    Liked by 1 person

     
    • Kris P.

      April 29, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Thank you! It was definitely fun to come up with. 🙂 If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them!

      Like

       

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