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Fantasy Tropes

Lord of the Rings ring

Today’s topic comes from QSFer Michael Barnette: “What Fantasy tropes are you seriously tired of seeing? For me it’s the ‘evil wizard and minions taking over the world’ bit. In the last 3 days I’ve seen 2 books advertised here on FB with that exact plot.”

We had a similar discussion a few months ago based on this article:

10 Tropes Involving Fantasy Weapons That Should Die In A Fire

But let’s broaden it out to Fantasy tropes in general.

I’m not immune to using them. My first Fantasy story involved a magical ring that was key to the ending of the story – I know, where have you ever seen that before?

So let’s hear it. What are some of your least favorite Fantasy tropes and devices, and why?


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