The Periodic Table of Storytelling

12 November 2013 — 4 Comments

This amazing graphic takes some of the thousands of tropes (conventions and devices found within creative works) from the TV Tropes wiki and sets them out in a very creative way.

As one commenter said ‘Although very tongue-in-cheek and humor-oriented, this piece does indeed breakdown the many elements in storytelling, both modern and ancient, and most likely future too.’

The Periodic Table of Storytelling

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More about TV Tropes
TV Tropes is a wiki that collects and expands on various devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. When the site launched in 2004 it focused purely on television and film. Since then it has expanded to cover tropes in other media such as literature, comics, video games, advertisements and toys.

Pick some of the elements in the graphic above that interest you and search for them at TV Tropes. You’ll be amazed where it leads you.

Image by Computersherpa. Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence. 

4 responses to The Periodic Table of Storytelling

  1. can we get a hi-res picture please

  2. I love this. I actually collect marketing-related periodic tables and I’ve added this to my list. You can see all 8 of them here…

    Well done!

  3. Wow… this is kinda cool. Some of these I’m quite familiar with, and then others… like I said… wow.

  4. @milan Click on the photo, it should open up a new browser tab with the image. If you click the image it will zoom larger.

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