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Turn-a-trope Tuesday #3: “Resigned to the Call”, #WOEGTTT

Howdy all! It’s time again for Turn-a-trope Tuesday! This week, I want to try something a bit new – if you happen to join in the contest, please do me a favor and include in your tags or title, the hashtag #WOEGTTT. This will let me search entries each week and include them on a follow up blog, giving your stories to this challenge a chance to shine!

Special thanks to last week’s entrant, Helen Espinosa, with her awesome tale of eery, vegetative jealousy…

So, now, on to this week’s trope! The random trope generator this week gives us an interesting counterpoint to last week’s “Unwanted Revival.” The trope? “Resigned to the Call!”

From TVTropes.org:

“There are many ways a character can respond to the Call to Adventure. If he’s thrilled about it, and excited, he’s Jumped at the Call. If he ignores it, or tries to continue living as though The Call never came, he’s Refused The Call.

Then there’s the hero who isn’t happy about being called, but doesn’t believe that he can avoid it, either. For whatever reason, his reaction isn’t “Yay! Adventure!” or “Leave me alone. I’m not doing it.” His reaction is “I can’t talk you into picking someone else, can I? I’m gonna have to do this thing, aren’t I? (sigh) Fine. Let’s get it over with.” He’s Resigned To The Call.”

So, can you manage to turn this trope on its head? Can you take what people expect and give them the unexpected?

I can’t wait to see if you can! Standard rules apply, due by Monday the 23rd, 1000 words or less. Have fun!

Turn-a-trope Tuesdays, anyone?

I have to say, I’ve found the flash fiction challenges I’ve found on WordPress to be some of the best inspirations for writing that I’ve had the luck to stumble across. In the interest of giving back a bit to this awesome community, I feel inspired to create a flash fiction challenge of my own.

But first, are you familiar with TVTropes.org? Here’s a brief description of the site, in their own words:

Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés. The word clichéd means “stereotyped and trite.” In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them. “TVTropes .org

So, here is my idea. On Tuesdays, I am going to randomly select a trope, and I am going to post it here on my blog. Your job as a writer will be to take that trope and turn it; that is, write a story with that trope at the center of it, but turn the trope on its head. It doesn’t have to be the exact opposite of the trope, but it does have to challenge what we know are the expectations of it.

There you have it. Let’s set a 1000 word limit, due by the following Tuesday.

Shall we start then? Today’s trope is…. Born Detective!

“Kid Detective who grows up to be a Private Detective, with the help of his/her Badass Family. In short, a parent was a PI (or other profession) and raised their child from a young age to help Mommy/Daddy spy on other people, etc.”

Due by Tuesday, June 10th. Post it in your blog, with a link to it here in comments.

Have fun! :D