Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling – Sean’s Pick, 121516

Today’s Pick is off the beaten path, but well worth your time, as it deals with storytelling in many forms, and is especially appropriate to consider as a Game Master, player, or would-be game/adventure writer. Take a hard look at your assumptions about what is and isn’t true or appropriate about fantasy and adventure stories…

Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is an anthology of short stories, poetry, and essays edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym Gates.

Over two dozen authors, ranging from NYT-bestsellers and award winners to debut writers, chose a tired trope or cliche to challenge and surprise readers through their work. Read stories inspired by tropes such as the Chainmaille Bikini, Love at First Sight, Damsels in Distress, Yellow Peril, The Black Man Dies First, The Villain Had a Crappy Childhood, The Singularity Will Cause the Apocalypse, and many more…then discover what these tropes mean to each author to find out what inspired them.

Join Maurice Broaddus, Adam Troy-Castro, Delilah S. Dawson, Shanna Germain, Sara M. Harvey, John Hornor Jacobs, Rahul Kanakia, Alethea Kontis, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Haralmbi Markov, Sunil Patel, Kat Richardson, Nisi Shawl, Ferrett Steinmetz, Anton Strout, Michael Underwood, Alyssa Wong and many other authors as they take well-worn tropes and cliches and flip them upside down.

Introduction by Jerry Gordon

Section I: Inverting the Tropes
On Loving Bad Boys: A Villanelle by Valya Dudycz Lupescu
Single, Singularity by John Hornor Jacobs    
Lazzrus by Nisi Shawl
Seeking Truth by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
Thwock by Michelle Muenzler
Can You Tell Me How to Get to Paprika Place? by Michael R. Underwood
Chosen by Anton Strout
The White Dragon by Alyssa Wong
Her Curse, How Gently It Comes Undone by Haralambi Markov
Burning Bright by Shanna Germain
Santa CIS (Episode 1: No Saint) by Alethea Kontis
Requiem for a Manic Pixie Dream by Katy Harrad & Greg Stolze
The Refrigerator in the Girlfriend by Adam-Troy Castro
The First Blood of Poppy Dupree by Delilah S. Dawson
Red Light by Sara M. Harvey
Until There Is Only Hunger by Michael Matheson
Super Duper Fly by Maurice Broaddus
Drafty as a Chain Mail Bikini by Kat Richardson
Swan Song by Michelle Lyons-McFarland
Those Who Leave by Michael Choi
Nouns of Nouns: A Mini Epic by Alex Shvartsman
Excess Light by Rahul Kanakia
The Origin of Terror by Sunil Patel
The Tangled Web by Ferrett Steinmetz
Hamsa, Hamsa, Hamsa, Tfu, Tfu, Tfu by Alisa SchreIbman
Real Women Are Dangerous by Rati Mehrotra

Section II: Discussing the Tropes
I’m Pretty Sure I’ve Read This Before …  by Patrick Hester
Fractured Souls by Lucy A. Snyder
Into the Labyrinth: The Heroine’s Journey by A.C. Wise
Escaping the Hall of Mirrors by Victor Raymond
Tropes as Erasers: A Transgender Perspective by Keffy R.M. Kehrli

Section III: DEFINING the Tropes
Afterword by Monica Valentinelli & Jaym Gates
Trope Definitions/Index of Tropes

Section IV: Acknowledgments and Additional Bios

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
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