“This is too trope-y” or “too cliché” are criticisms we hear a lot in genre fiction and beyond. But at the same time, not understanding the history of a genre or the expectations of a category means no one is going to connect with your work. How do you balance the expectations of your reader with the need to tell a distinct and novel story? I’ll talk about examples from YA, Science Fiction, and Fantasy books and films. Bring examples of what was too much trope for you!