Check me out with the many birds, one stone thing. This is what happens when one procrastinates long enough. Things converge!snowflake_challengeDay 7: In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs.
Also super belatedly for cathalin
: how about talking about your favorite tropes/situations to put characters into and/or read about your favorite characters being placed in. What are they and why do you think you like them, or just any discussion of favorite tropes.
My absolute favorite thing is when characters are wrong. (A close second is characters being specifically awesome at things. Hey, guess what happens when you have characters with both talents and failings!)
Ideally, I like it when one or more characters are wrong, realize they are wrong, and admit they were wrong, and then fix it, but I'm willing to sacrifice one or more steps in that series. I had a thought this morning in the shower that the relevant analogy might be that it's intellectual hurt/comfort. I don't have any recs handy, but luckily it's pretty easy to find. I might find a few examples when I get to bookmarks in a minute here, but it's not the sort of thing that's as taggable as, say, soulbonding. (Another thing I love!)
These stories don't need to be shippy, although, let's be real, it is frequently shippy, and first-time shippy in particular as people are getting to know each other, but there's absolutely a space for it in established dynamics where one character has an experience or a realization and makes some really bad decisions in response. It means that I am more than usually patient with the trope that if they would just TALK TO EACH OTHER, everything would be fine, so long as they do eventually talk to each other.
Doesn't matter to me why they're wrong, but some options: working within different sets of cultural or societal norms; assumptions, either totally unfounded or based on past personal experience; eavesdropping goes awry; a character who has always had to rely on themselves failing to take advantage of group resources; one of the characters starts out as just a straight up uneducated jerk; one character misguidedly tries to protect another character.
Which is why The Librarians 1x05 ...and the Apple of Discord
was not precisely to my taste.
I appreciate what they're doing with Ezekiel, I guess? ( vague spoilers for The Librarians 1x05-1x08 )