Trope Talk: Bury Your Gays

Tara. Adam. Lexa. Dumbledore. Clémentine. Angel. These characters and so, so many more have fallen victim to what is known as the Bury Your Gays trope. The methodology may change— some had violent deaths, some died suddenly, and some died of diseases— but the fundamental message stays the same. GRSM (that is, Gender, Romantic, & [...]

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Trope Talk: Hate-to-Love

When asked about favorite tropes, the one that seems to come to most people’s minds first is the hate-to-love trope. While I love me some good angst, this isn’t a trope that usually makes my list. I think it’s because I don’t always like how it’s handled. Essentially, there’s Good Hate-to-Love and there’s Oh-No-This-Is-Borderline-Abuse Hate-to-Love. [...]

Trope Talk: It’s Not You, It’s My Enemies

Picture this: you’re dating a superhero. You two are madly in love and see eye-to-eye on everything. You’d do anything for each other. Then one day a supervillain comes to town that’s a little savvier than your partner’s usual foes. They’re proving hard to beat and your partner is getting worried. You see, this supervillain [...]

Trope Talk: Reluctant Monster

Imagine you’re a monster— vampire, witch, werewolf, it doesn’t matter what. Imagine this is your life, either the only one you’ve ever known or one you’ve lived long enough that’s it’s all you really remember. Imagine the way you’d look at the world, the morals you’d have. They’d probably be a very different set than [...]