According to some, a comprehensive knowledge of TV Tropes (which I won't link to, saving you all time, money and time
) is a reasonable substitute for a degree in English Lit, years of training in the field of psychoanalysis and, in extreme cases, a medical license.
So, you're spending many (way too
many) hours reading TV Tropes
. You remember exactly every Tropes Of Legend
and know by heart the whole Canonical List of Subtle Trope Distinctions
. But still, even if it might ruin
your life, TV Tropes
might also make it better in many areas. Besides, who needs a social life?
- Vocabulary! You never know what bizarre word a troper will use (especially if you're not native English) and you need to understand it! Then, woah, you remember and start using it. Congratulations, your Vocabulary just got a +1 bonus!
- Grammar! Even if you literally know nothing about it, there's always a Grammar Nazi around to correct you, making you acknowledge the error and learn by fun, 'cause TV Tropes is fun.
- Series! So, you read a trope or something, and there it is - a TV show, or maybe a comic, that sounds good. You'd never know about its existence without TV Tropes.
- TV Tropes is helpful for literature classes because you start thinking about literary works in the context of analysis, which is the entire point of most literature classes. (Well, that and the whole Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory thing.) You just need to remember not to tell your college professor that the Ariadne myth hung a lampshade on the whole philandering-gods thing...
- It's also amazing for AP Language and Comp, where the terms Laconic, anarchism, and Deus ex Machina are REAL!
- It even helps with Sociology! Show your professor a page like Eagleland Osmosis, and they make note of your research.
- TV Tropes is also great for history if you have a teacher who likes film and books - for example, the History of Manga.
- Try being a communications major and having notebooks FILLED with TV Tropes references.
- One teaching method is to teach someone about particular concepts, and then present them with a story employing those concepts so that they can see them in action, or be challenged to find them themselves and explain the implications thereof.
- Reality Is Unrealistic will show you how much more interesting your world can be.
- TV Tropes also helps with Film Studies due to listing conventions
- Critical thinking! First, because carefully analyzing a work and breaking it down into its component tropes teaches you to carefully watch TV with a judging mind instead of just passively accepting the show. Second, because there's a reason you've became so acquainted with negative tropes, such as Author Tract or Wall Banger, as well as potentially negative tropes like Faux Symbolism: because they give you a solid base to justify why a show is bad!
- Writing! TV Tropes can tell you all about a possibly negative trope in your work that you didn't even know existed. Now there are all sorts of stories which have been improved thanks to this wonderful website!
- But don't forget that Tropes Are Not Bad! You can discover fresh tropes that would never have occurred to you and use them in your writing. Or you can take old Discredited Tropes and subvert or deconstruct them in exciting new ways.
- Homeschoolers? Learn this site. Love it. There's nothing better than free information when you're homeschooling.
- Some learning disabilities (dyscalculia is one) work REALLY well with this site. You'll wonder how you tried to write without it.
- Humour! If comedy is your style, the site's informal yet witty manner can help you become a generally smarter, funnier and more approachable person. What's more, entries about Acceptable Targets (along with the page Dude, Not Funny!) can help you avoid cracking jokes likely to offend people.
- Friends! Out with someone and they suddenly make a reference to Parental Bonus? Instant BFF!
- Bored of your favorite shows, movies or book series? You will be able to enjoy your favorite things once more because all the Wild Mass Guessing combined with finding new content and the overall descriptions the tropes provide. Not only you can find new content to try out, but you have a new way of seeing your old shows and books as if you are reading them for the first time.
- Although TV Tropes has its downs, it's still a really great place (sorta like real life). It helps you learn about awesome media and cool tropes to use! It's funny, it's heartwarming, it's awesome, and it's everything you wanted!
See also Tv Tropes Will Ruin Your Life
, TV Tropes Ruined Your Life
, Tv Tropes As A Gateway Drug
and Tv Tropes Will Ruin Your Vocabulary
, though. If TV Tropes already has enhanced your life
, let us know!