What is this about? This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction.
Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés. The word clichéd means "stereotyped and trite." In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them.
Cracked's description of the site, and explanation of Tropes, although the site does a pretty good idea of explaining itself.
I made a list of my own essential ingredients, but didn't check out TV Tropes before starting NaNo, as I might never have started writing!
Here, for instance:
- An analysis of the tropes in The Da Vinci Code, as an example