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  • Paperback
  • 220 pages
  • The Tropes of Fantasy Fiction
  • Gabrielle Lissauer
  • English
  • 23 March 2017
  • 9780786478583

10 thoughts on “The Tropes of Fantasy Fiction

  1. says:

    This book provides an animated overview of some of the most common tropes in the fantasy genre, as well as asking and answering interesting questions like what makes a story qualify as fantasy and how can an author pay homage without just being another rip off I enjoyed the geeky examinations of beloved classics though I felt that the emphasis fell a little too heavily on drawing out and explicating the examples instead of focusing on the tropes themselves , and I thought the chapters on meta text and creature history were especially interesting I had of an experience of recognizing things about one of my favorite genres rather than learning new things, but that serves a purpose too The editing writing glitches as well as content sprawl could have been tighter, but considering how partial I am to rambly essays myself, I can t exactly complain too much I thoroughly enjoyed it.


  2. says:

    Are you a big fantasy nerd Do you fancy yourself a connoisseur of weird fiction Even importantly, do you ever analyze the hell out of fantasy fiction or God forbid write it This is the book for you.I enjoyed reading this book because I love fantasy and it was really interesting to see so many of the architectural supports of the genre I love pulled out and examined to discuss how they each hold up the house I also have a high tolerance for long, in depth discussions of nuances in fantasy like, have you ever wondered how a book with no magic might still be considered fantasy hey, why do we classify it that way anyway just because it has dragons what s UP with that.There were a few things that held me back from enjoying it all the way up to five stars, so I ll be honest about those I think there was too much setup and introductory material I felt like I had to wade through a lot of STUFF at the beginning before the book proper got its start I thought the whole thing felt a little unfocused and maybe disorganized, like instead of a cohesive book that was building to a complete understanding, it was really kind of a bunch of independent essays held together by common threads I thought the trope concepts and interesting questions presented were overshadowed by the examples from fantasy books and speculative fiction which sometimes didn t give quite enough context to get the full picture it turned out I had not read the great majority of the example texts, and was a little dismayed to see spoilers and long examinations that read a bit like they were essays written to respond to a specific text with which the author assumes reader familiarity And there were kind of a lot of editing speed bumps to be honest I expect one or two in most published books, but I saw everything from language errors being lead to believe instead of led, pg 88 peoples laps instead of people s, pg 179 to glitchy sentences that probably got over edited and skipped over The plan the was for, pg 83 accepting a rink from Sauron, pg 142 An Squib, pg 174 the word daisies being misspelled as daises, pg 174 to mistakes you probably wouldn t see unless you knew the source material a country in the Inheritance series being misspelled as Sudra when it s actually Surda, pg 106 a possessive attributed to the rat from Harry Potter being rendered as Scabber s when the rat s name is Scabbers so anything belonging to him should be Scabbers or Scabbers s, pg 174 author Laurell K Hamilton s name being misspelled as Laurel on page 165 It s kinda silly for me to pick on it that hard, but since I started to see the glitches early on, I went right into editing mode instead of reading enjoying mode, and treated it like I was beta reading a manuscript, and that always affects my enjoyment.But let me finish on a good note and return to what I really liked about it The examples were well presented and interesting I liked how inversions of tropes or examples of originality were often contrasted with examples of contradictions, mistakes, or bad writing, and Lissauer wasn t afraid to come right out and criticize huge authors, all the way up to calling out J.K Rowling for bad expository dialogue that revealed lack of full fleshing out of her world I liked the discussion of magical races, especially the stuff about fairies and how Shakespeare kind of influenced us to think of them as diminutive while the myths Tolkien drew on presented them as graceful metahumans based heavily on fae races and how they manifest in modern genres from high fantasy to urban fantasy I liked the point made about humans not being thought of as a fantasy race even though we re pretty much literally at the center of and made heroes of almost every fantasy tale Bard kills Smaug, not Bilbo or Thorin , and what the definitive factors are in making a fantasy character an elf, a dwarf, a human, a dragon, or even a monster.Great care was taken in this book to lovingly explore secondary worlds and how they differ from books set in our world and why magic and magical creatures and fantastical aspects are so often written as hidden or underground in the societies based on ours while they re usually everyday things in secondary worlds Those were really interesting points And there was some really interesting examination of the hero, the anti hero, and the villain and what makes them so interesting to read about and what makes them fail in believability I especially appreciate how the author made the point about villains who exist just to revel in evil, and how it s not satisfying at all for heroes to beat them if they have no believable motives And it s cool how there s some discussion of what the author intends versus what the audience will do in their interpretation, and how successful that makes the book I ve never seen it put quite this way before And discussions of how genre aware characters can be was fun I ve definitely enjoyed when characters are aware of tropes associated with their magic or their type of story, and it s definitely true that if you do something like as the author discussed write about Sherlock Holmes in a world that doesn t have Sherlock Holmes stories, you are removing a chunk of reality and not exactly writing in our world any.The tie ins to tabletop games and video games were new to me, since I don t play any of those, and I liked the revelations that these media also depend on certain tropes but also aren t immune to changing it up here and there And there s this one really delightful examination of heroes going on quests and winning and how rooting for the good guy becomes a different thing entirely if an author does something unexpected and actually lets the good guy lose or lets the villain be right I also liked the approach in this book to discussing stagnant fantasy worlds it s true that in so many fantasy worlds they re stuck at the same level of technology for centuries, and how a lot of authors who have magic as part of the mainstream world don t seem to take into account that technology exists too or don t examine how magic would aid or inhibit technology And I especially appreciated this neat little flow chart showing how a character can range from hero to villain, with protagonist and antagonist both being a thing in the middle, surrounded by heroism and designated heroism on one side, with villainy and designated villainy on the other.All in all it s probably illuminating to read if you don t know much about the fantasy tropes, but it s fun to read even if you already know all this stuff It may be of special use to you if you re a fantasy author who doesn t want to do anything ridiculous, overdone, or contradictory to what you intend It honestly wasn t exactly what I expected it to be it s series of academic essays than TV Tropes in Book Form but I would never criticize a book for being something other than what I thought it was I hope fantasy authors, fantasy readers, and literary critics alike pick this up.


  3. says:

    Overall, an enjoyable read It was very informally written, with minor spelling mistakes and inconsistencies while harping on other author s inconsistencies, Lissauer shows a few of her own in changing how she spells things periodically, like dwarfs and dwarves, etc Many of the things Lissauer observed here were common knowledge, and not much interesting theoretical ground was covered, and when she did mention such meta text, etc , she didn t go very deeply into it I do disagree with a lot of her observations, such as Katniss poverty being disingenious because she didn t breed her sister s goat The whole section on The Hunger Games kind of irked me, because Lissauer s righteously calling out the series and saying people here don t behave like normal human beings In intense circumstances, they absolutely do Oppressed by a powerful Capitol, it s very realistic that a society would deteriorate to such a state, because human beings are selfish and fearful and malleable Parents watching their kids carted off to the Games The Hunger Games does a good job of illustrating how the Capitol has beaten them into submission you resist, you die At first they probably did, and learned their lesson Unrealistic for OUR society Yes For theirs Not at all Lissauer merely compares the setting to our world rather than taking into account the actual setting crafted, the society of the books on the whole It s true that Panem is the remnants of our society, but how many years have passed The generations that knew our ways have long died out.Anyway, not a bad read, but what I was looking for was a focused, deeper look at individual tropes in fantasy novels Lissauer spends a lot of time talking about books and using examples of tropes without analyzing them deeply in her own voice She just goes from one example to another Alas.


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About the Author: Gabrielle Lissauer

A rather cute green budgie, Gabrielle is a life long Los Angeles native She has a Masters in English Literature from California State University Northridge which didn t really help her much job wise as she has a natural aversion to teaching However she also has a natural love of fantasy and trying to figure out how things work This kept her doing research like things even after she got out of s