Too many tropes for a character?:

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Producer X Rin
As of my current draft, The Hero of my story has over 150 tropes. Is it too unnatural?

How many tropes do your characters have? Just wondering.
2 MrAHR30th Mar 2011 02:52:07 AM from ಠ_ಠ , Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
No. What matters is the execution. You can have tropes, you just shouldn't define the story by those tropes.

Your character is withdrawn from the world, but warming up. Not a Defrosting Ice Queen.
Producer X Rin
4 MrAHR30th Mar 2011 03:00:06 AM from ಠ_ಠ , Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
No problem dude, we've all been there.
5 Wolf106630th Mar 2011 03:02:43 AM from New Zealand , Relationship Status: In my bunk
Strange Kiwi fella
I haven't bothered counting them all up. I'm rather mindful of the tropes that I use, avert, subvert etc but I don't tend to do a running tally just to see what's going on.

I will occasionally describe a person by one or two key tropes like "Genre Savvy" or "Deadpan Snarker" but it's just a guideline. I'm generally more interested in their quirks and unique skill pools and how they interact with other characters - and that tends to flow out of the mental image I get of the characters.
Dangerously Genre Savvy since ages ago...
6 LoniJay30th Mar 2011 03:23:08 AM from Australia , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
I can barely come up with any tropes for my characters. I'm beginning to think I'm just not a very good troper.

Be not afraid...
7 annebeeche30th Mar 2011 03:25:13 AM from by the long tidal river
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Stop obsessing over tropes.

No, seriously. Good stories have been told without even knowing what a trope is, let alone "how many" there are in the work.

edited 30th Mar '11 3:27:04 AM by annebeeche

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I need a drink
It really doesn't matter how many. As long you manage to make them your own, thats what's important. Besides, they're more like guidelines anyways.
Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
Producer X Rin
[up] Why does that sounds so familar, I wonder.

I'm just surprised at myself for cramming so much tropes at once, and the series is not even that long.

Anyway, thank you all for the advice/reminders.
I need a drink
[up] Because your smarter than the average bear.
Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
Producer X Rin
[up] Oh, come on. Couldn't you have just played along? :D
12 annebeeche30th Mar 2011 05:40:11 AM from by the long tidal river
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Another note: You don't use tropes, they just appear in your works.

Don't even think about tropes and you'll be fine.
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