Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is an anthology of short stories, poetry, and essays edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym Gates. Over two dozen authors, ranging from NYT-bestsellers and award winners to debut writers, chose a tired trope or cliche to challenge and surprise readers through their work.
Read stories inspired by tropes such as the Chainmaille Bikini, Love at First Sight, Damsels in Distress, Yellow Peril, The Black Man Dies First, The Villain Had a Crappy Childhood, The Singularity Will Cause the Apocalypse, and many more...then discover what these tropes mean to each author to find out what inspired them.
Join Maurice Broaddus, Adam Troy-Castro, Delilah S. Dawson, Shanna Germain, Sara M. Harvey, John Hornor Jacobs, Rahul Kanakia, Alethea Kontis, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Haralmbi Markov, Sunil Patel, Kat Richardson, Nisi Shawl, Ferrett Steinmetz, Anton Strout, Michael Underwood, Alyssa Wong, and many other authors as they take well-worn tropes and cliches and flip them upside down.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction
Section I: Inverting the Tropes
On Loving Bad Boys: A Villainelle
Can You Tell Me How to Get to Paprika Place?
The White Dragon
Her Curse, How Gently It Comes Undone
Santa CIS (Episode 1: No Saint)
Requiem for a Manic Pixie Dream
The Refrigerator in the Girlfriend
The First Blood of Poppy Dupree
Until There Is Only Hunger
Super Duper Fly
Drafty as a Chain Mail Bikini
Those Who Leave
Nouns of Nouns: A Mini Epic
The Origin of Terror
The Tangled Web
Hamsa, Hamsa, Hamsa, Tfu, Tfu, Tfu
Real Women Are Dangerous
Section II: Discussing the Tropes
I'm Pretty Sure I've Read This Before ...
Into the Labyrinth: The Heroine's Journey
Escaping the Hall of Mirrors
Tropes as Erasers: A Transgender Perspective
Section III: Defining the Tropes
Index of Tropes
Section IV: Acknowledgments and Additional Bios
About the Editors
About the Artist