You shouldn’t be. The making and breaking of tropes can make or break any story.
“Hot Chick in a Badass Suit”
You may discover some things that irritate you, or some things that you love, which you couldn’t put your finger on before. Or you may simply sink hours of laughter into the website. Which comes with pictures and hilarity I cannot duplicate in the excerpts below.
I heavily endorse use of the Random button. Then follow whatever links you want, because everything links to everything…
I am following a guy who describes a highly detailed civilization (of space elves) through tropes. Like entries in an encyclopaedia – except they are always entertaining. Going trope by trope he shows they are an amazing vehicle for adding depth, norms, and customs to a universe.
Random TV Tropes:
Hair of Gold: The character is a blonde. Therefore, obviously, she is beautiful, good, young, and innocent. Sweet, wholesome, kind, and feminine tend to be included, and the innocence can range up to Virgin Power.
No Delays for the Wicked: … villains in fiction are magically immune to the problems of bureaucracy, logistics, and bad luck. Their powers are so strong that this even transfers to their lowest minions.
One Steve Limit: If you wake up one morning and suddenly discover that you don’t know any two people with the same first name and that your phone number begins with 555, you can safely assume you’ve fallen into a work of fiction.