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Mytly
06-09-09, 21:46
Anybody here into TVTropes.org (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage)? I am completely and utterly addicted to that site, to the extent that I now think in trope-talk. As the site itself says, TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TVTropesWillRuinYourLife) and Vocabulary (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary). :D

For those who have never heard of it, here's a brief description: Basically, it's a Wiki on devices used in fiction (aka "tropes"). If you think that's not very interesting, just take a look at the site - I guarantee that it's extremely interesting, not to mention hilarious. ;) It lists and analyses thousands and thousands of tropes found in TV shows, movies, books, video games, comics, anime, manga, and any other form of fiction you can think of, plus occasionally Real Life as well.

For example, have you ever seen a movie/TV show or read a book which seems to talk knowledgeably about a specialized topic - say, Physics - but which is really complete nonsense? Or something that just get plain old common sense physical facts wrong? Then the trope is You Fail Physics Forever (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/YouFailPhysicsForever). If a character with normal intelligence starts acting incredibly stupid, just to move the plot forward, then they have been handed the Idiot Ball (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IdiotBall). The examples are endless - just click on one, and you'll probably get so caught up in following link after link that you'll emerge only hours later. Oh, and that's called doing the Wiki Walk (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WikiWalk). ;)

Even if the only TV show you have ever watched is Star Trek or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or the only book you've ever read is the Harry Potter series, or the only movie you've ever seen is the Star Wars saga - you'll still be able to find hundreds of trope examples that you can relate to. :D

Trigger_happy
06-09-09, 22:00
I love that site! the only problem- you just keep opening tabs until the thing crashes.

Cochrane
06-09-09, 22:04
Oh, please, do NOT post that! This site has to be the most damaging I've ever seen in the whole world. You can spend hours there just reading random stuff, never learning anything, but never being able to really get out either.

WSOwen02
06-09-09, 22:10
Love that site. I've spent hours upon hours browsing that site. Even contributed a few points of my own.

Trigger_happy
06-09-09, 22:10
Between it and facebook, I did so little revision, it was hilarious.

Mytly
06-09-09, 22:24
There are days when I spend the first half of the work day reading TV Tropes, and the second half desperately trying to catch up on my deadlines. :whi:

Oh, please, do NOT post that! This site has to be the most damaging I've ever seen in the whole world. You can spend hours there just reading random stuff, never learning anything, but never being able to really get out either.
Too late, I already posted it. :p

As for "never learning anything" - I think I have learnt a lot from it. And of course, got lots and lots of entertainment as well. ;)

Mad Tony
06-09-09, 22:27
Wow, this website is amazing. It even has an incredibly long article on The West Wing, which I didn't think was possible considering I've always thought it was more of a cult show given how I do not know one single person who's even watched more than a couple of episodes.

Ada the Mental
06-09-09, 23:50
Oh, please, do NOT post that! This site has to be the most damaging I've ever seen in the whole world. You can spend hours there just reading random stuff, never learning anything, but never being able to really get out either.

This.
It's extremely addictive but fun.