(by chris the cynic)
Tell us about conventions in fiction that you dislike. Tell us why you dislike them.
I’ll give an example of one I don’t like to get the ball rolling.
A lot of stories are origin stories. The protagonists meet, clash, eventually work out their issues and form into a cohesive unit, and that’s when the story ends. This is so prevalent that many sequels hit the reset button (the team disbanded, the couple broke up) so they can do the same plot all over again. Hollywood in particular seems to avoid the idea of a team functioning as a team like the plague, with an exception for the climax.
I have nothing against origin stories. I have nothing against relationships beginning, but I don’t like that that’s all we ever seem to get. I want stories of teams who have already hammered out most of their issues. I want stories where people are in relationships that are already established and aren’t at a point of crisis. I want stories of people who have their shit together fighting the good fight against incredible odds.
So, that’s one of mine. What are yours?
[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]