A trope is a common theme or storytelling device used in creative works. They exist in books, TV shows and movies for better or worse. For example, how many times have you read about a bad boy with a troubled past in romance novels or watched trilogies about various “Chosen Ones”?
When executed poorly tropes are just empty cliches, but when done right, it’s easy to see why audiences love them.
Below is a chart of tropes commonly found in Korean dramas ranked by V and I. Tropes ranked as “crack” mean we’re addicted and can’t get enough. The rest follow a standard letter grading system with A meaning we love it, B meaning we like it, C meaning it’s tolerable, and D meaning we’d rather not have to deal with it.
(Because tropes are “big picture” scenarios that affect the trajectory of the plot, we didn’t include things like wrist grabs or back hugs. Maybe we’ll create a second ranking for those.)
Now that we’ve exposed ourselves, did you spot any tropes we had in common? Or do we dislike one you adore? (Hopefully we can still be friends).
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