Tropes and Repetition

So I had an interesting conversation with someone the other day. This person could not understand why some early learning classes used repetitious songs over and over to teach certain rote skills like counting and the alphabet. This person also felt like it was a waste of time. I could not really explain in a short time the purpose of those activities, but it made me think about tropes in romance and how you could have the same trope in two completely different stories and it’s almost unrecognizable.

There are so many different counting songs by different groups of people, even with just counting to ten. And there are so many wonderful iterations of enemies to lovers (for example) that are all amazingly different. Repetition doesn’t necessarily mean bad and there is a huge comfort in familiarity and routine. Even as an adult, when my schedule is changed spur of the moment, I am thrown off and can get a little cranky. I’m sure all of can relate one way or another. We should embrace the repetition and trope and celebrate that comfort in familiarity, rather than throw it away just for being ‘the same’.

Til next time!

Marissa

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