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Morgenthaler Angelic.
Angelic.
May 20th 2016 at 2:43:47 AM

This trope really seems like a page made simply to use a Trope Namer.

Its definition:

Slipstream is often referred to as "the fiction of strangeness," and that's about as clear a definition as you can get. It falls somewhere between Speculative Fiction and mainstream or Lit Fic, depending on the work. Above all, Slipstream is about a feeling of surreality.

Perhaps fitting that a page about a trope dealing with surrealism has an unclear description, but this does make it hard to pin down what we're talking about. Consequently most examples on the page are Zero Context Examples. It's also arguably The Same But More Specific to Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane, Magic Realism, and straight Mind Screw.

Finally, it's very underused as a trope because of its vague description. It's been around since 2011 at least, but has acquired a meagre 15 wicks.

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shimaspawn from Here and Now Relationship Status: In your bunk
May 20th 2016 at 5:48:34 AM

The name of the genre is actually slipstream. It's mainstream enough a title that that's what Wikipedia calls it. I don't think it's going to make things less obscure to change the name of an established genre.

The definition is as solid as any I've seen from the genre. I think part of what's working against it is our tendency to not explain how works fit in their genres like we do other tropes. I've always felt it was a poor choice and especially for small genres like this is makes it harder for people to see the commonalities and understand what the genre is like.

edited 20th May '16 5:51:42 AM by shimaspawn

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Zyffyr from Portland, Oregon Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, they are imaginary
May 20th 2016 at 4:48:51 PM

I have hated the definition of this "genre" ever since I first heard of it over 20 years ago. The rather poor nearly meaningless description is unfortunately the 'live' one and as such there is nothing for us to do but shake our heads and move on.

May 20th 2016 at 5:02:28 PM

Maybe renaming it to Slipstream Genre would help? Because a slipstream itself is a thing in works as is getting caught in one and probably should be a trope in of itself. It is also heavily related to Drafting in racing, especially the racing games where it's a mechanic.

edited 20th May '16 5:05:17 PM by Memers

shimaspawn from Here and Now Relationship Status: In your bunk
May 20th 2016 at 6:21:24 PM

I'm ok calling it Slipstream Genre.

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AnotherDuck No, the other one. from Stockholm Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
May 20th 2016 at 7:37:37 PM

Sounds like a decent plan.

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Karxrida Art by @1340Smile from The Extra Deck Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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May 20th 2016 at 7:54:15 PM

[tup] to renaming it to Slipstream Genre.

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Morgenthaler Angelic.
Angelic.
May 22nd 2016 at 9:09:38 AM

Sure, rename sounds good.

Is that enough for consensus, or do we need a crowner for this?

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shimaspawn MOD from Here and Now Relationship Status: In your bunk
May 22nd 2016 at 1:18:18 PM

No, this is a minor change and we have consensus. Go ahead and do it.

Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. -Philip K. Dick
Morgenthaler Angelic.
Angelic.
May 23rd 2016 at 1:13:20 AM

Alright, I've added a note to the discussion page and put in a request for the move in the locked pages thread.

In the year three-thousand and thirty, everybody wants to be an MC.
Morgenthaler Angelic.
Angelic.
May 25th 2016 at 11:33:23 PM

It seems all the wicks to the page were changed along with the page move. Thanks Nombretomado!

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