Thursday Thoughts: Tropes

I have to (want to) write a new book. There is only one problem: What’s an original trope?
Umm, what the heck is a trope?
A trope is the general theme of the plot. There are 7 plots/tropes: Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, The Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy, Rebirth.

Obviously each plot can be broken into sub-tropes, such as the Quest can be a Girl meets Boy plot where the boy doesn’t notice the girl, or the boy does notice the girl but he only wants to be friends, or he wants to be more but their different statuses, blah, blah, blah.

Since I write science fiction, I get to choose from:

  • Time travel
  • Mind control
  • Aliens, extraterrestrial lifeforms, and mutants
  • Space travel and exploration
  • Interplanetary warfare
  • Parallel universes
  • Fictional worlds
  • Post-apocalyptical

Or I can invent something completely original, but is that even possible?

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Published by Leon Stevens

I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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