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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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0bsidianFire Apr 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is too funny!
KateStroh90 Mar 24, 2014   General Artist
Love it!!!!
reaperproject Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist 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.
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 Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist 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 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.
This is so, so awesome! (Newer, upgrade, second edition of my praise for you -- see the added "so"?)
This is stunningly great!
LordSleeper 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 Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Not bad. This is incredibly helpful!

And Troper, ho!
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