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Describe Tropes For Dummies Discussion
Anonymous Mc Cartneyfan
: This is not simply a The Joy of X
type thing. After all, even without fictional examples, there are a lot of books in that series. "X for Dummies" is the most popular recent series of how-to guides and information manuals, written on the assumption that Viewers Are Morons
but should know anyway. One of those in a fictional work can often be a plot launcher or a Chekhov's Gun
- it's not simply that it's "X for Dummies," it's that the character in possession of the book clearly wants to know about X....