According to the wiki website Television Tropes, “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.”
One of my favourite tropes is Mythology. It’s such a fascinating subject, because myths–extremely similar myths–persist in the histories of all culture worldwide. Does this point to a common beginning? Shared stories (before social media??)? Or common themes of the human condition?
Whatever the reason, mythology never gets old and continues to reveal the depths, motives, and secrets of the human heart.
One of the most compelling myths is the story of Persephone. Some have called her story ‘the rape of Persephone’. Rape most likely is better translated as ‘abduction’, but ultimately what’s at stake is the loss of innocence.
A young maiden picking flowers in a field wanders away from her mother (Demeter). The earth suddenly opens and Hades emerges from below and abducts her, forcing her into marriage.
Demeter’s grief–which causes crop failure and starvation–makes Hades release Persephone for a few months a year so the earth can recover and mankind can survive.
Kinda like the cycle of the seasons.
In my six book series, Apocalypse Babes, the main character (Seffy–get it? Tricky, I know) is a modern Persephone. She travels to ‘Hades’ against her will and spends her time torn between capitulating or fighting against the forces holding her there.
And instead of pomegranate seeds, a pink Juicy Couture tracksuit might be what holds Seffy in Hades–or is the vehicle for her ultimate release. Either way, she experiences her own personal apocalypse…also another trope.
So check out the TV Tropes wiki and explore the endless story possibilities–and the human condition.