web review:

Warning: this website will ruin your life. TV Tropes is a wiki full of tricks of the trade for writing fiction. It’s not limited to TV, either–the techniques of all kinds of media, from film and literature to comics, are exhaustively catalogued and described, laid bare for anyone to identify and use. An extremely helpful resource, but beware: now that you know how these things work, you might find yourself noticing trope after trope rather than enjoying your favourite shows. Also, if you hit this website in the morning, you might just find yourself still sitting there reading it well after midnight. It’s in your hands now. (Richard Rosenbaum)