mizzy: (tw: allison blue)
Addy ([personal profile] mizzy) wrote2014-09-06 05:58 pm
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Trope meme

I'm stuck at home when I should be off somewhere exotic, so let's do a meme, flist! Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] hiddencait.

Give me a trope & I’ll tell you my thoughts on the trope you’ve asked me about and if I’ve written it myself, or if I ever would

Huddling together for warmth
Shag or die
Undercover in a gay bar
Pretending to be married
First time together
Forced to share a bed/fake relationship
Mind control
Mistakenly assumed to be gay
Let’s play truth or dare
Mary Sue fic
Curtain fic
Apocalypse fic
Someone has a baby
Telepathic soulbonding
Circus AU
Language barrier
Historical AU
ultra_fic: (Oth Butterfly)

[personal profile] ultra_fic 2014-09-06 05:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay, how about 'Let's play truth or dare'?
ext_27036: (tw: allison blue)

[identity profile] mizzy2k.livejournal.com 2014-09-06 05:31 pm (UTC)(link)
I am racking my brain to think about whether I've ever actually written it because not gonna lie, when I was sixteen I definitely had a plot bunny for it, and I did think it was a cool trope, but I can't actually remember if I did or not. And because I deleted so many fics I can honestly just say I don't know. But. Erm. It does sound likely. OH! Maybe it was a (AWFUL! HIDEOUS! WHO LETS TWELVE YEAR OLDS ON THE INTERNET??!!) stargate sg-1 fic, but it was enforced truth telling with no dare option. So I've HALF done the trope?

It's a trope that can be pulled off to good affect, especially if it's paired with shipping (has there been gen truth or dare fics? if so, it'll be because of tension, or there's a secret to be revealed - so how do you do that without the truth or dare seeming really contrived? Hmmm) but I don't think it's always pulled off well. I think the trouble with the trope is because you tend to be younger when you love the trope a lot, then the fics that have it tend to be... less nuanced. NOT ALL, but... a lot of them. Possibly more than some other tropes (althOUGH I bet soulmate fic has a lot of unsubtle fic to it?)

I know I read a fic once which really pulled it off well - it had character A of my ship go to kiss character B as part of a dare, and character B was a little disgruntled - and then it had the neat twist end that character A hadn't been dared to kiss character B -- character A had just been dared to kiss the person he had a crush on. So that was really neat, and probably means I'd never discount it as a trope.

I think I'd just be worried about pulling it off without resorting to a thousand other cliches at the same time?

How about you? What do you think?
ultra_fic: (Oth Butterfly)

[personal profile] ultra_fic 2014-09-06 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
I like the trope when it's done well... which I suppose is true of most tropes really. Anywho, mostly I think Truth or Dare tends to lead to romance/shipping, although I wrote a Veronica Mars AU based on The Breakfast Club once and the Truth or Dare in that was more about bringing the whole group closer together (as the conversations in the movie do) as well as moving the romance of the ships forward too. Not sure I've ever used it in anything else. Most fics that do use it go for all the clichés and its as boring as it is anything else, unless I'm just looking to read trash, i.e. any excuse to make my ship snog, etc. lol

[identity profile] hiddencait.livejournal.com 2014-09-06 10:43 pm (UTC)(link)

How about historical AUs?
ext_27036: (tw: allison blue)

[identity profile] mizzy2k.livejournal.com 2014-09-07 10:15 am (UTC)(link)
You picked probably the one trope on the list that I'd be least comfortable writing! I don't think I've ever written a historical AU. It's in the same nerve-set as writing for comics, which tend to have uncomfortable levels of canon and copious numbers of people ready to correct you, but even worse because there are MILLIONS OF HISTORY NERDS who know ALL OF THE THINGS and know MORE OF THE THINGS than I do. There is literally no period of history that I would feel comfortable writing, because I really just don't think I could fake it.

Which actually really sucks ass, because I have such a killer idea for a time travel original novel, but it requires SO MUCH HISTORY KNOWLEDGE I just don't think I could pull it off convincingly enough. I'm not cool enough to be a proper history nerd. D:

But I love reading them! Especially when it's super clear how much the writer loves that era! I've read a couple of really cool renaissance-era fics, and ofc all of the Eagle fics in the world are excellent. I salute the people who attempt it, but I'm just not of the right brain-type to manage it, I think. Alas.

[identity profile] being-here.livejournal.com 2014-09-07 07:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Forced to share a bed!
ext_27036: (tw: allison blue)

[identity profile] mizzy2k.livejournal.com 2014-09-21 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
This is just the bestest trope and I want to write and read it for all of the fandoms and all of the ships. Forced closeness! Forced snuggling! Forced intimacy! Figuring out that they fit together in all of the ways! \o/ \o/ I've not written it in nearly enough fandoms yet.
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[personal profile] elebridith 2014-09-21 04:35 pm (UTC)(link)
If you still do this - Wingfic!
ext_27036: (tw: allison blue)

[identity profile] mizzy2k.livejournal.com 2014-09-21 06:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I'm a bit behind but I love meeemmeees *catches up frantically on ALL OF THE THINGS*

I love wingfic, I like the trope where wings are sensitive and an extra sense organ (maybe because the love interest of the story touching the wings can give elements of first time even to an established pairing, and first time fics are always the first fics in a ship I will look for) and flying would be freaking amazing. Plus I love secrets being hidden, and wings being hidden are always awesome, because bam, here are my wings, awesome secret reveal moment.

I wrote a segment of a wingfic (which you read, thank you ♥) and one day I will do a 50k wingfic adventure because it needs to be done. \o/
elebridith: (TWoof - SunshineAndBambi b+w fingerkiss)

[personal profile] elebridith 2014-09-28 04:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Yup, that's what I hoped to hear! *bounces* It REALLY needs to be done!