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10:16:25 AM May 30th 2014
Trying to shift this (Turkey City Lexicon) off the Main page, and not sure about the best namespace. It's more a reproduction of a Webpage than an entry of a webpage - maybe a "Useful Notes"? Thoughts?
07:21:22 PM Oct 26th 2013
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"This syndrome arises from a wrong-headed conviction that the same word should not be used twice in close succession."

Okay then...I will now take this bit of advice at face value to disastrous effect.

"Aiden took a swig of the alcohol, flicked on the lighter, and held it near her lips. Aiden then spat the liquid out in a searing blast of inferno at the monster. In doing so, Aiden nearly set Poloma and Sagitta on fire".

Now sure, they probably intended that pronouns were perfectly fine, but if I accounted for that, it wouldn't have been as amusing. Remember kids, Tropes Are Tools!
06:14:55 PM Jul 12th 2013
Obviously, this is an issue with the original list and not with TV Tropes's presentation of it, but the description of "Tabloid Weird" is problematic. The universe isn't rational and Newtonian-Einsteinian. Our understanding of the universe has changed considerably since Newton—and Einstein, for that matter. Unless this list was written in 1910 or thereabouts, no one should have described the universe as explicable by the laws of classical physics.
11:29:23 PM Mar 13th 2010
Is it trying to say that Showing instead of Telling is a bad thing?
08:35:02 PM Sep 15th 2010
Don't take "Show, Don't Tell" at face value. There are benefits to showing and there are benefits to telling.
07:25:08 PM Oct 26th 2013
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I don't know...the problem with this is that due to it's Deadpan Snarker tone and occasional tendency to Accentuate the Negative, it kind of comes off as saying pretty much every trick in the book is bad/cheap/poorly done/etc. To say that showing instead of telling is bad is of course ridiculous; in fact, it's better to show than to tell, though in some cases it's a bit necessary to tell when showing either wouldn't cut it or would perhaps be impractical (or you know, if the "teller" is an Unreliable Narrator).

EDIT: The example here that I want to point out:

"For instance, instead of telling the reader "She had a bad childhood, an unhappy childhood," a specific incident involving, say, a locked closet and two jars of honey should be shown."

The Noodle Incident aside, I'd argue that in a lot of cases, it's not always the best idea to go into detail about what happened in a character's Dark and Troubled Past. Why? Angst Dissonance - some may think growing up with a parent who believed in corporal punishment isn't reason enough for your character to be a Fragile Flower, whereas others might argue that a character is too well-adjusted for a victim of sexual abuse. If you leave them in the dark, they can fill in the blanks themselves and look at the Troubling Unchildlike Behavior your character engages in and think "Oh my God, what kind of screwed-up life did that kid have?" Meanwhile you can sit back, relax and watch the Epileptic Trees grow.
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