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The Periodic Table of Storytelling, Second Edition by DawnPaladin The Periodic Table of Storytelling, Second Edition by DawnPaladin
The Second Edition incorporates all of the learning I received during my three years at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. It has better typography, more story molecules, and updated kilowick counts, but the identifiers are the same so as not to break compatibility with the first edition. And there's now a clickable version here:… No more typing names into the TVTropes search box - just click the trope and you're there!
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Daughter-of-Shadow Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so glorious.  I think I love it... Yeah, I definitely love it.  Unfortunately, now I want to go waste more time I don't have on TV Tropes.

... it's still awesome.
Dunstlaeufer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student Photographer
Wow. This thing is amazing...
FrightenedFan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist
You know you read too much in TVTropes when you can spell "Phlebotinum" without even looking for it in TVTropes.
Will-Kaye Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What really made me laugh is the fact that Bwb (boob) is Fanservice, because it's just too true not to be funny. 
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can someone please explain this in laymen's terms? I'm lost.
0bsidianFire Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Look here: Tvtropes
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Got it. :trollface:
0bsidianFire Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is too funny!
KateStroh90 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!!!!
reaperproject Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Writer
 This update is great.  The whole idea is funny and sad at the same time.  Funny that you can break down almost every story in this manner, but also sad that the whole of story telling can be summed up so easily.  Maybe we are just simple creatures after all and only a few types of storytelling attracts readers/ watchers attention.
DawnPaladin Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
This is just an abridged collection of some of the more important tropes. TVTropes has thousands more, and new ones are being codified every day. (And TVTropes is not the only or most authoritative source for these patterns.)

Some authors lean more on tropes, others less, although it's impossible to avoid their use entirely. I'm of the opinion that stories are essential to the human mindset, and people like stories that resonate with how their minds work. There are some very experimental writing styles out there, but you have to be a very unusual sort of person to enjoy them. :)
reaperproject Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Writer
And of course publishers/producers are more interested in things they know will sell, so that probably has more to do with it.
JBGamer Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The "simple story molecules" examples made me laugh.  It goes to show that molecules can be as substantive as complex compounds, though.
name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
This is so, so awesome! (Newer, upgrade, second edition of my praise for you -- see the added "so"?)
NotPotable Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
This is stunningly great!
LordSleeper Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, IMDb should totally incorporate these formulas, they describe the movies better than simple keywords, though giving away a bit of the whole!
totalmaster Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Not bad. This is incredibly helpful!

And Troper, ho!
AmberStoneArt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Cool. Surprising that it only has a few comments.
DawnPaladin Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
This is a recent relaunch. The older version here has more comments and such.
Neuroticpig Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly helpful.
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