April 30 2015
24 reasons Avengers & Masters of the Universe are the same movie. Not that there's anything wrong with that. A fun little entry in an ongoing series of trope analysis studies by Couch Tomato.
April 19 2014
Firefly used as example in The Periodic Table of Storytelling. Story tropes are put into a very cool "periodic table" format. The "Rebellious Spirit" archetype is even given the trope name Mal! More...
April 17 2012
(SPOILER) Is "Cabin in the Woods" something different, or Whedon repeating himself? Movieline's Maria Aspan claims the movie is a checklist of tropes that Joss uses in his TV shows and Dr. Horrible. The cliches she identifies includes the "banality of evil", a wise-cracking guy, and the Big Bads lurking underneath. More...
May 06 2011
Joss Whedon took my tropes. An urban fantasy writer talks about the tropes that Joss does best.
December 31 2009
Whedon's Brunettes: Dark, Dainty, Disturbed and ... Disturbing? Pretty, fragile, damaged and dangerous -- what's the connection among these traits in female characters who occupy an important role in a number of Whedon works, and what's behind their creator's fixation? More...
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