What does this week’s trope have in common with your crazy Uncle Irwin? Both wear a lampshade! The trope this week is a trope about tropes. Confused yet? Then let’s learn about Lampshade Hanging.
Lampshade Hanging is sometimes used when a particular trope is glaringly obvious and threatens to distract from the story. A trope is standing in the middle of the room in all it’s naked glory and the writer thinks that if he puts a lampshade on it, the audience will simply think it’s part of the scenery. How does he do this? By addressing the trope directly and calling it out. Does it work? If done correctly it does. Read more