The irregular Reading Around series returns today with a cool website for you.
Today I want to bring you attention to TV Tropes, a treasure trove of ideas and themes for all manner of genres. Despite what the title suggests, the entries cover far more than just television. Typical entries will include games, films, books and other media in the extensive list of examples for the trope.
For an overview of the website, I can do no better than quote the TV Tropes home page:
This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction.
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.
The wiki is called “TV Tropes” because TV is where we started. Over the course of a few years, our scope has crept out to include other media. Tropes transcend television. They reflect life. Since a lot of art, especially the popular arts, does its best to reflect life, tropes are likely to show up everywhere.
This website is a goldmine for any writer, storyteller or GM. Search for you chosen genre, then invest an hour or more reading through the brilliant entries. The prose is very chatty and the breadth of entries is stunning.