Trope Enjoyment Loophole


(permanent link) added: 2011-04-11 22:44:57 sponsor: Luc (last reply: 2011-04-21 14:09:29)

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This is what happens when a trope normally is a Pet Peeve Trope, but one particular example doesn't trigger the usual Berserk Button. (Or the reverse, when a Favorite Trope is done in such a way as to hit said Button.)

Why? Well, for the non-annoying example of a Pet Peeve Trope case (which is the one we'll be providing examples for) there are a few possibilities:
  • It could be because the justification is actually logical (there's a Record Needle Scratch in the trailer, but it's a movie about an actual Vinyl record shop in the 60s)
  • It could be because the subtext that's normally present in the trope is avoided (yes, he's gay and he dies violently, but the two clearly have nothing to do with one another)
  • It could be because the context requires the trope (given that the cast of this slasher film was entirely African-American, Black Dude Dies First is sorta a given)
  • It could be because the trope is used in a very understated way (yes, that character is very clearly the author's pet, but he's only on screen for maybe two scenes per episode at most)
  • It could be that it's being used in a sufficiently unusual way (it's not Rape as Comedy; it's Rape as Drama being played by the Rapist as comedy)
  • It could be a case of They Plotted a Perfectly Good Waste (we're supposed to find the wangsty teenager annoying, so that we understand when the Hero finally starts yelling at him)
  • It could be some species of deconstruction of the trope.

No examples, please. Given that this is an Audience Reaction derived from another Audience Reaction, specific examples in the main page would be problematic.
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