TV Tropes Blog Hop!

It's time to prepare for the 1st TV Tropes Blog Hop! Conceived in the Writer's Block subforum, this small event aims to cover a topic we all know well. Not to mention gaining a few more followers in the process.

What the heck are tropes?

I know that a good numbers of readers who stumble onto this blog will have no idea what a trope is. Perhaps I'll let Mr. Home Page of Troperville explain it for me:

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.

What's a blog hop?

Don't know what's a blog hop? I'll let Mr. Riggs of Linkyville explain it for me:

A blog hop is a linky list that is SHARED ON MULTIPLE BLOGS.
When several blogs put the same linky list code on their blog, the exact same list appears on each blog. Blog visitors can submit their entries on any blog that contains the list. The entries will appear on each blog where the list resides.Blog readers see the same list on each blog, and can "HOP" from blog to blog seeing the same list of links to follow: BLOG HOP!

It isn't the first time I had been in one, but this is my first time hosting such an event. Hopefully, it'll be a great first time for all of us--both participants and readers from all blogs involved.

What are the rules anyways?

Okay, I'll let Mr. Chihuahua of Blogville explain it for--

Wait a minute...

I just demonstrated a trope!

Get it now, non-Tropers? Good! Here's the ground rules for the Tropers (and whoever wants to do it anyways) then.

  • Write the blog post around one or more tropes on the TV Tropes Wiki. Link to it.
  • You can write about several topics, like the tropes's history, good or bad examples, an analysis, a compare and contrast, a how-to, a demostration, etc. Be creative!
  • For maximum impact, you can use images, lists, links, or even videos. These features are optional, but it's good to play with formatting.
  • Link to the blog hop, which is shown at the end of the post.
  • Blog hop day is May 12th (which happens to be my birthday. No, I really didn't plan this). Don't post them any sooner, and try to post them on time.

These rules aren't set in stone. Bend them, but don't break them. Party poopers are not fun.

If you want to join, don't forget to add your blog below. Be sure to write a blog post early, revise it at least once, and schedule it if your blog supports such a feature. Good luck, good day, and good...three.

(Pst, want to have fun and leave a comment? Find the number of times I used the Rules of Three on this page. No, not just this article. The whole entire page. Want a hint, followers? Just gave you one.)