Created By: UnknownTroper on April 21, 2008

Sour Grapes

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Inspired by a red link in Lonely Rich Kid. It's the idea that writers cannot write about beings who are more fortunate than they are, without being unhappy. It should be noted that this phase is often used improperly. The phase actually refers to people who try to justify who they should be happy to not get what they initially wanted.
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  • April 21, 2008
    They kind of work out to be the same. If you want X, you should be happy not to get X, because having X makes people unhappy.

    This would be a supertrope of Lonely Rich Kid (of course), Who Wants To Live Forever, and probably a bunch of other things.

    (Also, huh, I didn't realize we had a Youngsters category.)
  • April 21, 2008
    I proposed this a while ago; it fell by the wayside. It also includes Hitlers Time Travel Exemption Act, Celebrity Is Overrated, and In With The In Crowd. Basically, if the target audience is unlikely to have something good(fame and wealth, no World War II, immortality, etc.)then the story will make it out to be not so good.

    The reasoning, I suppose, is that if a character does become rich and happy, or does kill Hitler without any bad results, then it becomes a dull wish-fulfillment fantasy. Whether it actually does, I'm not sure.

  • April 22, 2008
    I think we may well have the makings of an index with a minor entry attached here.
  • April 29, 2008
    I'm considering launching this.

    What should it be called? Sour Grape Tropes? Sour Grapes? Sour Tropes?
  • April 29, 2008
    Sour Grapes Tropes sound fine.