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Basic Trope: The mindset that you're not allowed to criticize a piece of media if you have no experience creating something.

  • Straight: After Bob heavily criticizes Alice's novel The Perfect Adventures of Mary Sue, Alice responds by challenging him to write a better book.
  • Exaggerated: Bob calls The Perfect Adventures of Mary Sue the worst book ever written by a human, to which Alice dares him to write the next Great American Novel (or whatever nationality he is).
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  • Downplayed: Bob gives constructive criticism to Alice's novels, and Alice encourages him to use the ideas he suggested for a novel of his own.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Alice reads Bob's badly written novel and is inspired to write a better book because of it.
    • Bob praises Alice’s novel. She dismisses his compliments and says he could probably write a better book himself.
    • Bob praises Alice’s novel. She rejects his compliments because he’s not a writer.
  • Subverted: Bob criticizes Alice's work, but she appears to take it well.
  • Double Subverted: ...or so it seems. She then goes on an angry rant about her book is a masterpiece and then challenges Bob to write a better story.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob is famous in-universe for writing several popular novels.
    • Bob points out a bad case of historical Critical Research Failure in Alice’s novel. Alice claims she’s right because she’s a published author and he isn’t. He points out that she failed history, which shuts her up.
  • Zig-Zagged: Bob criticizes Alice's novel. She stays calm for a moment, but later she dares him to write something better. After Bob starts writing, Alice rescinds her challenge. He finishes his own novel and gets it published. It gets a polarized reception, much of its fandom overlapping with Alice's hatedom and vice versa.
  • Averted: Alice never issues such a challenge.
  • Enforced: "These know-nothing critics know nothing about the writing process! I'll show them, then!"
  • Lampshaded: "You know, not everybody is a jealous hack, Alice. Sometimes you just have to listen to criticism."
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  • Invoked: Alice learns Bob is a failed novellist and figures she can get under his skin by reminding him of her greater success.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice listens to Bob's criticism, knowing she'd only sound Wangsty if she pulled this card.
    • “Alice, don’t even try to pull the ‘let me see you do better’ card. I may not have any writing experience, but I can tell that I didn’t enjoy your book.”
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Bob is seen frantically writing a story and, when asked what he's doing, he says that Alice challenged him.
  • Deconstructed: Alice is seen as somebody who just can't take criticism after pulling this card one too many times. Causing her to finally realize that she might have to listen to their criticisms.
  • Reconstructed: This ends up being an Ignored Epiphany and she goes back to her old methods.
  • Played for Laughs: Bob does write his story as promised, and it ends up being as bad as — if not even worse than — Alice's.

Oh, please. You couldn't write a better unabridged version than I could.

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