12 Days of Creepfest: What genre trope are you most sick of?

Talking, running, smart zombies? Sparkly vampires? Magician’s apprentices? Magical swords? One of my recent comments about zombies reciting Shakespeare made me wonder what you guys think about genre tropes. Zombies are my genre of preference, but I’m curious which direction the common tropes are going in your favorite genre and what you think about it.

What genre tropes are you most sick of?

As part of the 12 Days of Creepfest tour, I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to a random commenter who has left a meaningful comment on my website during the tour. The winner will be announced the day after the tour ends, which is Christmas day.

Here are the other topics for discussion I’ve posed during this tour:
What creeps you out most about the zombie apocalypse?
What were your worst nightmares?
How do you celebrate a job well done?
What are you researching?
How do you overcome the fear of the blank page?
What are some five star short stories, anthologies, or short story authors that you’ve read?
What are your favorite holiday traditions?
What kind of podcasts do you like?
What do you think about journal fiction?

Don’t forget to stop by and see what creepy stuff the rest of the gang’s got going on. Plenty of prizes and cool people to check out.

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5 thoughts on “12 Days of Creepfest: What genre trope are you most sick of?”

  1. MMmh there are quite a few bugbears that annoy me…Sparkly vampires yes…I am a staunch Anne Rice fan as well as Underworld fan….not to mention the original Dracula…I think so many of the genres lately are getting mashed together into a jumble that you cannot make head nor tail of…I say..stick to the original legends and myths and tales that inspire these genre tropes – if it is not broken, don’t fix it :)
    Great post Tim.
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
    – Kim
    creeping from “Wrestling the Muse”

    1. Hi, Kim. Merry Christmas to you as well. Thanks for stopping by. I’ve never read Anne Rice, but liked Underworld–actually read the book before I saw the movie. It seems people are trying to come up with new legends and myths in order to separate themselves from the pack. What advice would you have for them?

  2. Merry Christmas, Tim! I am also pretty darned tired of sparkling vampires. While I enjoy zombie fiction, and there are some great books out there, I have to say I’d like to see something a little different. Some new creatures and more urban myths :)

    Hope all is well with you and your family! Have a wonderful, wonderful holiday season!

    Julie

    1. Thanks, Merry Christmas to you too, Julie! If you look at my works in progress, I hope my zombie series to come will delight your desire for something different with a twist on urban myths.

      Of course, Kim might not like them as much ;) but once she reads them, she might.

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