So here is a short weekly recap before we move on to the fun stuff.
- Series summary of The Outcast Chronicles by Rowena Cory Daniells
- Posted Weekly Quote #7 ~ George R.R. Martin
- Posted Weekly Quote #8 ~ Scott Lynch
- Still reading Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy: Book One) by C.S. Friedman for review on DWH.
- Survived a week of intermittent internet and power outages. Must be Summer!
Now on to the good stuff!
I see it everywhere. Amazon reviews, goodreads reviews, reviews on blogs. This book, that book, the other book all have too many tropes!
I mean seriously. Evidentually the problem is so bad that bloggers have come up with whole lists of tropes to avoid. (Links are just examples. Actually compliments since their articles made google search's first page!) And look! Even Wikipedia is involved! Which leads me to a question.
What the heck is wrong with tropes!
Prophecies? Love them! Quests? Even better! Dwarves, Trolls, Ogres? I miss my old friends. Damsel in Distress? Heck Yeah! And it is a good thing that dragons are so universally loved my friends or trust me, they would be gone too.
Now in some ways, breaking outside of the "box" is a good thing and it has definitely lead to some unique and interesting magic systems and secondary worlds. But... It has also led to the new "Grimdark" works and their cousins "Less Dark but still depressing."
I can get depressed watching the news. I don't need any help.
Rare are those "feel good" books of my youth. The type you close with a renewed hope for mankind and a smile on your face. Somebody has even managed to convince authors that writing in as much profanity as possible gives the world a more "realistic" feel.
Realistic Fantasy? Seriously? Who came up with this trainwreck of an idea? If I want realistic I damn sure wouldn't be reading Fantasy which is by definition... fantastic, unreal, imaginary, fun! What ever happened to "suspension of belief?" I want OUT of the real world when I read. Please don't make fantasy more "real."
So how about you? Are you on the "all tropes must be eliminated" side, the "bring back atleast some our beloved tropes" side or somewhere in the middle?
Inquiring minds want to know...
Don't like this question? Look here "Fun Fridays" and see if there is one you do like! Comments are always welcome, even on older posts.