Please, please, I'm begging someone, anyone
, to help me get some action on this.
- Got a new image, and a couple other possibilities in mind.
- New description here (same as above):
This trope is both a well-known story-opener and a popular setting in fiction. Both are usually used to set up a mystery, horror, thriller, or suspense work. When used as a setting for any of those genres, it will be at night, and there will be a thunderstorm to set up a romantic, tumultuous atmosphere and mood.
This phrase can be attributed to one Edward Bulwer-Lytton
, the inventor of other such catchy cliches as "the pen is mightier than the sword", "the great unwashed" and "the pursuit of the almighty dollar." However he is not remembered for any of these. "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night..." keeps him alive as a multimedia sensation beyond anything he could possibly have imagined — a constant in Purple Prose
and the star of campfire ghost stories everywhere
Thanks to the power of lightning
, opening a story with a stormy night scene such as this, or even just featuring one, has been a Horror trope since Universal's Frankenstein
The phrase has been thoroughly mocked and re-used so frequently that it should be a Dead Horse Trope
if it were not an Undead Horse Trope
: it's simply too much fun. In fact, two yearly writing contests
are held (and named) in Lytton's honour.
of Weather Report Narration
. Compare with Hostile Weather
. A story featuring this trope may also feature Stop Motion Lighting
for drama's sake.
Not to be confused with the Larry Blamire film Dark and Stormy Night
Voting for a soft-split because of the No New Stock Phrases
rule: if it's hard split, just mentions of the words is going against that rule.
edited 23rd May '14 9:56:30 PM by Lakija
It is what it is.