Whether you’re watching TV or reading a book, you may notice that there are certain formulas that you run across often, like – a hero having a sidekick, a romance ends with marriage, or that dreams are used to relay prophecies, etc. Those are called tropes! They are tools that writers keep in their writing toolkits to help generate fiction.
The site is called TV tropes because when the wiki was first started that was what they were focused on but over time, they’ve expanded to explore the tropes of fiction as a whole. The only thing I don’t like about this site is how annoying the placement of the ads are on it, but that being said – I could ignore them to get to the content.
To navigate, I’d suggest just diving into the tropes index. Scroll down the page and you’ll find the menu for that on the left side of the page under Main Index. It has the following categories: Narrative, Genre, Media, Topical Tropes, and Other Categories. Each has a listing underneath their header, so just pick what you are interested in and start learning!
There is more navigation at the top left side of the page. You can click Troperville, Tools, or Toys, to open up the menu for that section where you will find trivia, links, and all sorts of stuff to explore at your leisure.
This is an interesting look into the tropes that fill up the things we read and watch. Check it out today!