TV Tropes: Helpful or Oversimplified?

The beginning of this year, I found a wiki called Tvtropes, which basically organizes various plot, character, visual and many elements which are part of the entertainment.  It just so happened that in English class, we were studying archetypes such as the hero, trickster, damsel in distress, the shadow/villain, etc.  While I do enjoy reading and adding examples to the site, I can’t help but wonder whether reading this site is beneficial; It is a wiki, after all, with information that can be easily edited, and colloquial terms which may or may not be universal.  I merely want to know if those who read tvtropes think it is a good source to consult, say, literary elements.

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  1. #1 by Mr WordPress on July 8, 2010 - 4:25 pm

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  2. #2 by Albertonykus on March 29, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    I don’t know if it’s a good source for literary elements, not all tropes are literary terms, after all, and will only be understood by tropers (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary). It’s a good place to learn about other topics, however: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/Dinosaurs

  3. #3 by dawnemperor on March 29, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    Personally i think it’s alright for literary elements; it’s just that the terms are not always intuitive. It’s very opinionated which is good for learning about other tropers’ points of views, in contrast to wikipedia

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