Another dear friend, Monica Valentinelli, is a co-editor for this special collection of stories that insistently turns classic storytelling tropes right onto their heads.
Upside Down is a collection of short fiction. Each story examines a tired trope or common cliche and twists it into something new!
This anthology, which is edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym Gates, collects dozens of contributions from Apex authors such as Maurice Broaddus, Haralambi Markov, and Sara Harvey in addition to writers like Anton Strout, John Hornor Jacobs, Delilah Dawson, Rahul Kanakia, Sunil Patel, Kat Richardson, Nisi Shawl, Michael Underwood, Alyssa Wong, and many other fine storytellers.
Each author was asked to identify which unique trope they wished to smash, bend, and flip upside down as the theme for their story. The specifics of how these tropes were flipped was left to the discretion of the author. For example, some writers used humor to tell their stories, while others took a more serious approach. The tropes were also addressed in various ways. Some authors decided to literally turn their tropes upside down, while a few pursued a subtler means of introducing them.
Tropes and cliches our authors examined for Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling include:
- Chainmaille Bikini
- The Magical Negro
- The Super Soldier
- The Chosen One
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot
- Love at First Sight
- Damsels in Distress
- Heroine Loves a Bad Man
- Yellow Peril
- The Black Man Dies First
- The Villain Had a Crappy Childhood
- The City Planet
- Prostitute with a Heart of Gold
- The Singularity Will Cause the Apocalypse
- First Period Panic
- Girlfriend in the Refrigerator
- Retired Pro’s “Last” Job
- …and many more!