The idea of #InkRipples is to toss a word, idea, image, whatever into the inkwell and see what kind of ripples it makes. We provide the topics and will be blogging about them on the first Monday of the month. You can spread your own ripples by blogging about the topic any day of the month that fits your schedule, just be sure to include links back to the three of us please (Katie, Kai, and Mary).
A trope is literally a figure of speech, or cliche, which means it's often overused. Here are a few examples of types of tropes. You can go HERE for more.
If I've heard it once, I've heard it a hundred times. (exaggeration)
Her explanation was clear as a bell. (irony, sarcasm)
His not the brightest bulb in the room. (understatement)
She's a witch. (metaphor)
Man of the cloth. (metonymy: where a word or phrase is substituted for another)
Turned up missing. (oxymoron: where two words or phrases contradict each other)
The old rocking chair complained when I sat in it. (personification of an inanimate object)
I struggled to understand lightening, then it struck me. (pun)
Does a bear poop in the woods? (rhetorical question: a question you don't expect to have answered)
She's as American as apple pie. (simile)
Boots on the ground. (synecdoche: when a part of something is use to represent the whole)
She opened her home and heart to the orphan. (zeugma: when a verb is used with two others words and each has a different meaning)
Of course in literature, movies, and TV there are many overused tropes.
The main character viewing him/herself in a mirror and describing him/herself
Having an incredible adventure only to wake up and discover it was a dream
Using a magical devise or element (wand, stone, ring, weather etc.)
The hero being in a horrific fight and minutes later jumping up to say, make mad passionate love to the heroine
It's hard, in this day and age to come up with something new.
This month I'm honored to be the Featured Follower on C. Lee McKenzie's blog The Write Game. At the end of the month a lucky person will win an ecopy of one my books, winner's choice! Be sure to drop by and say hello.
Today I'm thankful for continued good health!
What are you thankful for? Care to share a favorite or hated trope? Do you have difficulty avoiding them?