Sunday, June 15, 2008

I Love TV Tropes

Those of you who read GDL have probably noticed I like TV Tropes to a potentially unhealthy level. Just found a new (to me) entry with an example I've ridiculed a lot: "Efficient Displacement" and how 9/11 Twoofers often invoke the trope, expecting a 747 to make a 747 cutout in the Pentagon.

It's funny when that sort of thing happens.

8 comments:

Aaron Golas said...

I'd estimate that, every time you post a link to TV Tropes, I lose at least two productive hours of my life.

Akusai said...

I once lost four. I was going to go to bed early that day, too.

Fucking TV tropes.

Dark Jaguar said...

Is there anything like "Beatdown paralysis" on that site? Couldn't find it, at least by that name.

What I'm talking about is the condition in any sort of martial arts battle where a mere beatdown will totally remove someone from the story without actually killing them. Often they don't even appear to be knocked unconcious. It's apparently just the pain of the beatdown that does it, and often enough that beatdown is something like knocking a gun out of someone's hand and then doing the whole wrist breaking thing.

I have to assume in the real world a temporary knock to the ground would never be enough and a gang of people around you attacking you will ALWAYS eventually win unless you actually downright KILL them all through sheer blunt trauma.

Tom Foss said...

More than once I've gotten involved with looking at TV Tropes stuff at night, losing track of time until I notice the sound of morning birds outside. Incidentally, there's a trope for that too.

Mike said...

Curse you Tom Foss! Curse You!

Dunc said...

Arrgh! Gimme my life back!

TV tropes - it's like the internet equivalent of crack cocaine. Really, it should have a warning of some kind, and perhaps an option to lock yourself out after a certain period of time...

Stogoe said...

I thought I was the only one who has a problem with TVTropes. It's comforting to know I'm not alone. So when does the support group meet, and will there be punch and pie?

Dark Jaguar said...

I'm that way with Wikipedia. That thing is a soul eater.

TVTropes is funny sometimes but other times I get the impression they are saying something like "why do all these stories insist on having "conflicts" and "resolutions"?".