This is my first time using Trope Repair Shop, so I apologize if there's anything I don't do the right way.
There was a YKTTW called Fridge Sorrow that was recently launched. Somehow, it got five hats, and I have no idea how. As you'll see in the YKTTW discussion, no consensus was really reached as to how the page should work, and it doesn't really fit in with the other Fridge pages.
First off, is this page even needed?
If we do decide to keep the page:
Needs a better description, as this really needs to be defined more clearly. As mentioned in the YKTTW discussion, it should explain how this is different from Fridge Horror and Harsher in Hindsight. Maybe talk about some situations where this occurs. I don't have any ideas for this - anyone else want to step up to the plate?
Examples. Most of the other Fridge pages only link to subpages. Right now, the page doesn't have that many examples to begin with - 11 examples from 4 works, but they're pretty long. What is the best way of dealing with these?
I think this is needed, mostly because after seeing or reading things I have faced this. But the feeling I see isn't really horror and it isn't really a thought of, that's brilliant.
What I think needs to happen is the examples need to be scrapped and the page turned into a defining page with links, like the other fridge pages. Then on the fridge pages for individual works we can add a new setion reading FRIDGE SORROW and have people fill it in themselves with their own examples.
Also, the current examples are all bad.
Right now, the trope reads "many plot points sound like they can be sad, but they can be portrayed to be either sad, funny, inconsequential or merely in service to something else altogether. Yet if you ignore the portrayal and just consider the original concept, these plots are, in fact, sad."
The fridge pages are not for feelings you experience a while after watching. It's for conclusions that aren't immediately apparent. If you discover a pothole, that's Fridge Logic. If you discover a something else, that's Fridge Brilliance. Fridge Horror shouldn't exist, but it's for when a show doesn't state its plot's unpleasant implications.
Can you think of any example of Fridge Sorrow, on the page now or not, that deserves a mention anywhere? But has no place for it?
^^ Thanks! I was looking for a page like that but couldn't seem to find it.
^ Yeah, it appears to operate on the same idea: when you think about a show/whatever after the fact, you realize that something about it is actually really sad and depressing.