Can’t Get Enough of That Trope


If you’re anything like me, you can spend hours falling down Wikipedia wormholes thanks to the dangers of those links. Did you know there’s a wiki dedicated to tropes? If you have anything planned for the next 24 hours you may not want to look quite yet, otherwise feel free to lose yourself in TV Tropes (which is actually focused on all kinds of media). Here are just a few of the favorites I discovered:


Generational Saga

They’re all about 800 pages and no one else wants to read them, but give me a novel that spans a century and I’m as happy as can be.

True CompanionsFive-Man Band

I can’t resist a buddy novel, particularly if they age together. I’ve been duped so many times, but I will read them all.

Boarding School

Oh, and if you throw those buddies in a school setting, I’m pretty much done for.

Death by Newbery Medal

I can’t call this a favorite, because I found it through the sadness of Where the Red Fern Grows, but…okay fine, the fact that this exist makes it a favorite.

Trauma Conga Line

Take a look at my Review Archive, it’s a Trauma Conga Line in and of itself.

Sliding Scale of Endings

Isn’t this amazing? I’m a fan of the Gainax Ending and pretty much every Bad Ending…because they’re more fun and unexpected, I guess?


As for one I hate…

“Where Are They Now?” Epilogue

Thanks for ruining everything. Really. Everything.


What are some of your favorite tropes?


  • I had to google what a trope was – that’s embarrassing. Well, I guess not so embarrassing that I’d write in your comments section :) Anyway – I will have to check this one out…I love some of the categories you mentioned…like boarding schools, buddy novels, generational sagas. Reading a generational saga right now! Fun – and thanks for killing my day today!

  • Kay

    Ha! Like Sarah, I made sure I knew what a trope was. I thought I knew and I did, sort of. The definition is a little more flowery. I like the school setting, boarding school especially. Not sure why. And I love a ‘locked room’ mystery. That’s a definite favorite of mine.

  • I like a good generational saga, but I hate the “Three Years Later” Epilogue as well. Especially since it’s hardly ever what I imagined.

  • Wesley

    Trauma Conga Line has to be a band. Has to!

  • Oh my god, “Where are they now?” epilogues are the absolute worst. Harry Potter, I’m looking at you.

  • Alex (Sleepless Reader)

    Never though of Death by Newbery Medal as a trope, but you’re right: Bridge to Terabithia, War Horse, Tuck Everlasting!

  • I love that “trauma conga line” is a thing. And I want to kill all “where are they now” epilogues with fire. Even the Harry Potter one. *Cringe.*

  • I am in LOVE with TV Tropes. I have to sternly remind myself not to go on there, because I will seriously lose the whole day clicking through all the tropes. That website joins my twin loves of pop culture analysis and giving awesome names to things.

    (I am already down the rabbit hole. It’s happening now.)

  • Have you read The Good Earth? I think you might dig it, considering your love for generational chunksters. :)

    From what I’ve heard, it seems like A Little Life fits squarely in the trauma conga line box.

    Reading the Newbery Medal winners list is making me too sad. I need to stop. WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME

  • Amanda

    I just snorted at Trauma Conga Line. I love it. And yes-Boarding School. Gets me every time.

  • Trauma Conga Line!!! I love it. I am a sucker for those, too.

  • Karen

    I’m not a fan of those epilogues either. Those written by authors other than the original make me especially mad.

  • where are they now epilogues are actually the worst. JUST ABANDON ME WITH MY FEELINGS PLEASE.

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