Top Ten Tuesday: What is a trope?!?!

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is supposed to be about our favorite tropes. I decided to look up a few tropes beforehand, which led me to remember a kind of trope that we don’t often talk about in the book blogging world. This lovely article talks about the two definitions of trope:

A trope is any word used in a figurative sense (i.e., a figure of speech) or a reoccurring theme or device in a work of literature. The first definition of trope can refer to numerous types of figures of speech, which we explore below. The second definition of trope can be slightly derogatory in that a reoccurring theme in a certain genre can become cliché, and thus stale and overused. In this sense, a trope is similar to a convention of a genre, such as the common theme of a “dark lord” in the genre of fantasy or the appearance of a literal ticking bomb in an action or adventure story.

Usually when I think of tropes, I think of love triangles, damsels in distress, and other common elements like that. However, today I’ll be sharing my ten favorite other kinds of tropes–figures of speech. To be honest, I feel like I enjoy these kinds of tropes better than the ones we usually talk about…

I had so much fun learning more about tropes while writing this post! What’s your favorite kind of trope? (figure of speech or otherwise?) What do you think of the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!



25 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: What is a trope?!?!”

  1. Thanks for this post defining tropes! Even though I majored in English I always have to remind myself what synecdoche means, and I didn’t know what zeugma was at all before I looked it up upon seeing it on your list. V informative. (:

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  2. This was so creative and funny! I must admit my favourite tropes – figures of speech – are metaphors and irony, because they were the easiest to identify in the Portuguese texts I had to read in hs xD When we talk about the others, I usually love fake dating ^^


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