The Simpsons did it: Exploring the film trope space and its large scale structure

How do you make a popular movie? A group of researchers ran a meta-analysis of various “cohesive elements or patterns” (tropes) to create a data-driven approach to writing stories, and drama seems to be king. Drama films — including war films, family terror, and dark sci-fi — usually employ tropes related to the description of villains, highlighting the general audience’s fascination with categorising evil characters, whether it be a “NightmareFace (a horrible face)” or, the slightly comic, “BaldOfEvil (the villain is bald)”. Read full article here

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