In the writing community, it seems that lately I’ve been seeing posts that talk about two sides of the same coin:
1) Tropes are bad and need to be avoided, or
2) Readers expect certain tropes in certain genres and you better deliver, or else they’ll be disappointed.
Why can’t we, as creative writers, be free to be creative instead? And, what if we dare to put our own creative spin on tropes?
*Collective gasp from the traditional tropers*
“Tsk, tsk, madame. That will certainly not do.”
But why not?
“Because genre norms need to be in place so–“
*Anti-Tropers flip a table*
“No man, you gotta defy it all! You have to be 100% unique and not rely on any other existing trope to–“
Both of you, just hush. Let people write whatever the heck they want to write. Stop nitpicking over the slightest of details.
Who cares if something about your book is a little cliche? Unless you’re totally copying the book or film that set the standard for the trope, you needn’t worry. Use your unique storytelling ability to look at that trope in a new light.
And don’t be scared to venture outside your comfort zone. As long as it makes a good story and your characters aren’t total snorefests, have at it.
You want to write a YA contemporary where the mean girl is a cheerleader and the main character is totally crushing on the antagonist’s boyfriend? Write it. Just make sure your characters are well developed.
Want to write a spy thriller with sci-fi, horror, romantic elements, and alien koalas? Do it. Just make sure the plot transitions well when each sub-genre is featured.
So, ignore those who preach your story has to fit into certain specifications to be enjoyable. If you write a good story, no matter what it contains, people are going to enjoy it. Embrace your unique writing ideas. They may be tomorrow’s best-seller.
What’s the weirdest writing idea you’ve ever had? Comment below and we’ll embrace them together!