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Tuesday Book Club with Andrew Pople: When Tropes Go Bad

Literary tropes and conventions are the bones of any good story. They help us take a narrative and fit it into our existing world, and in turn, shape our understanding of the world around of us.

 

As useful as tropes are to story crafters and story readers, sometimes they go bad. Sometimes we notice that their heavy usage in popular narratives perpetuate problematic ideas in society.

 

Today on Tuesday Book Club, Tess and Andrew discuss some of these tropes gone bad – and why they should probably be retired.

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