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April 7, 2011
Periodic Table of Storytelling by *ComputerSherpa "is an incredibly clever use of the old fashion periodic table but put in a way that storytelling enthusiasts can relate to and understand. There’s a science to creativity after all." (Suggester's words)

Also suggested by =Jeysie:
"Kind of an unusual pick, admittedly, but one with an entertaining concept. It rearranges the "Tropes of Legend" from the TV Tropes Wiki that covers many patterns of storytelling, into an informative and quirky outline. The little "story molecule" examples at the bottom that put the symbols into practice are just fun little icing on the cake."

Featured by Lilyas
Suggested by EmmyIsAZebra
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Periodic Table of Storytelling

A major update to this project has been released! Go look at the new version here:…


Pick a few squares that look interesting or familiar. Search for them here: Warning: you will probably not emerge for several days.

This was my final project for my Visual Design 1 class. During critique, a student suggested this could be made into a dart-board game, but Hollywood could never be allowed to play. (TVTropes has a similar idea, but without the darts.…
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4everhound's avatar

Color me impressed

saera-sakuma's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I was in awe of this. One of my favorite things to do on the internet is Roleplay and often plot development starts with trying to combine things we all know but in a new interesting way. You've made something here that i ADORE. I cant find an issue with it other than some of the colors are a little too close to each other and it can get confusing in that nature. I would also look into the abbreviations and see if there's anything you could change there to make it easier to read. my friend and i have already found it useful and i hope you continue to make more.
LiveMynd's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

You know you have a winner when you spend more time looking at something than you intended to.

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.

Although others have tried to do similar things before, this is the first time that I have seen anything so... elegant, so organized, and so potentially useful.

The fact that it looks very much like the periodic table of elements is a testament to technique and skill.

You sir, probably spend too much time entertaining yourself with fiction. And for that we are all grateful. Have some LOLs on the house!
CaptainXenolove's avatar
oof, this is SO incredibly useful, man! THANK YOU for sharing! :* ♥
Ehsol-namu's avatar
Im dying lol 
spikedpsycho's avatar
You forgot Avatar having an element of idiot hero
Thunderoad-Shyra's avatar
TVTropes is very much like any addiction : once you're in , you're so for quite a very long time !
And probably forever.
And ever...
I LOVE this and wanted to use it with my students. Unfortunately, some of the language caused my admin to be concerned. Wish there was a PG version. 
luckybucketz's avatar
I made a perfect score in my exam when I was in High school :) ..But you did an amazing one.
saffronrestaurantoxf's avatar
I saw this already when I was and grade school but it seems here very nice done..Thanks anyway!
ReclusiveChicken's avatar
I've seen this one before...
vitaminanime's avatar
I can't read it really well on my iPod, but i'm already mapping out the trope elements in my stories
blueDice69net's avatar
okay this is crazy Oops! :o (Eek)
First I though it is the
Periodic table of the chemical elements
but... it look so strange. Sweating a little... 
TammyBi's avatar
this is  amazing!!
piyawant's avatar
This is super cool!
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The-Jasmine-Nation's avatar
This is both hilarious, clever, and helpful. Here's some smarties for your troubles. :meow:

Readrunners's avatar
Someone actually came up with this thing. It is awesome, I applaud to you sir.
I love TVTropes and this made my day LOLXD!
LeanasArt's avatar
That must have taken lots of time :o
Will-Kaye's avatar
I love you so much for Cloud Cuckoolander. There always needs to be a Ccl in every story. 
TomRedlion's avatar
Settings, Laws and Plots column need to be JUST Laws and Plots. Settings could easily make an entire column if not multiple columns.
Proud Troper  Tomwalpertac2.
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