|See also:||Tropes in Fanworks, Story Tropes By Fandom, Slash Tropes, TV Tropes, Genre, The Same Old Story|
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After the first fanwork is created in any fandom, traditional themes quickly follow. It takes no time at all for any fandom to develop its favorite tropes (often the same tropes, no matter what the fandom).
Here is a definition from TV Tropes:
- Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés. The word clichéd means "stereotyped and trite." In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them.
- Cliches: Why They Don't Suck by Destina Fortunato. An essay to explore the definition of cliches, and the temptation of fen to put them down in negative ways. (April 2002)
- List of Fan-fiction Kinks, Tropes, and Clichés by Anna S. (2006)
- The Finnish librarian who decoded the world’s folklore, Asher Kohn (2015)
- More musings on writing advice: Honestly, I think..., Archived version and a response: imaginedmelody: shinelikethunder: More musings..., Archived version (March 2016)