The Laterpress Tournament of Tropes: Meet the Contestants
Learn more about the first Laterpress community event of 2023.
The Laterpress Tournament of Tropes will be starting soon! Inspired by “March Madness” our first community event of 2023 features 20 books representing 40 different tropes, each vying for the championship as reader’s favorites.
Here’s how it works:
The tournament begins on Monday, February 20th, at 1pm Eastern time. At that time, we will have an article posted at www.laterpress.com/blog/tropes-round-one (that address will not work until that time) showcasing each match-up, with information about the tropes and the books representing them. Readers are voting for the trope, not necessarily the book or author. The polls for voting will be embedded in the article (see below for an example).
There are two rounds of voting each week. The first round will run from Monday at 1pm Eastern, to Friday, 11am Eastern. The next round will run from Friday, 1pm Eastern until the following Monday, 11am Eastern. (The gap allows for time to update the bracket and prepare for the next round of voting.)
You can view the tournament bracket here. During the event, I will also post images of the bracket showing the matches that are up for voting. Challonge allows users to submit bracket predictions before the tournament start, so feel free to do so! This is all for fun, bragging rights, and group promotion - there are no prizes.
Multiverses vs. Breaking the Fourth Wall
Multiverses - the idea that there are multiple universes, and it is possible to travel between them. Sometimes these universes are very similar, with slight variations in history. Other times, they might be radically different.
If you like Multiverses, check out Welcome to the Nexus, by Nate Gillick
Breaking the Fourth Wall means the story is self-aware enough to know it is a story, and either makes fun of itself or addresses the audience directly. Some cinematic examples of this would be Deadpool or She Hulk.
If you like Fourth Wall breaking meta humor, check out 1001 Episodes to Literary Godhood, by Eldritch Thundergod.
Let’s Meet Our Challengers
More information on each of these books will be provided when the time comes for them to do battle, but for now, feel free to check them out yourself!
Representing Reluctant Heroes, and Animal Companions
The Adventurer’s Guide To Shopkeeping and Sidequests, by Elle Wilson
Representing Murphy’s Law, and “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better”
The Night Rangers, by J. R. Froemling
Representing The End of the World, and Family Secrets
The Beginning of the End, by Emily S Hurricane
Representing PTSD and Questionable Morals
Joy, by Emily S Hurricane
Representing Science Wizards and Robot Girls
The Magician and the Mechanical Doll, by Gaius J. Augustus
Representing Heists, and Dreamwalking
The Office Job, by Edward Eidolon
Representing Mysterious Benefactors, and being Pawns to Cosmic Powers
Anti-Villains: One Night in Harlem, by Andrea Stanet
Representing Small Town Romance, and Motorcycle Clubs
Covered, by E.A. West
Representing Star-Crossed Lovers, and Royal Palace Intrigue
The Stars & Green Magics, by Novae Caelum
Representing Chosen Ones, and Never Ending Quests
My Celtic Luna, by J. R. Froemling
Representing Faster-Than-Light Travel, and First Contact
Target 10: A Space Adventure, by C.P. Night
Representing Alien Artifacts, and Galactic Empires
On the Outward Edge, by C.P. Night
Representing Age Gaps, and Immortal Love Interests
Good King Lyr, by Novae Caelum
Representing Scrappy Underdogs, and Found Family
Sigils & Sushi, by Nia Quinn
Representing Secret Worlds, and Sentient Buildings
A Wreck of Witches, by Nia Quinn
Representing Multiverses and “Fish out of Water”
Welcome to the Nexus, by Nate Gillick
Representing Magitek, and Arranged Marriages
Ocean of Dreams, by Rebecca Ehrick
Representing Damsel in Distress, and Lost Knowledge
Thomas and the Girl from Another World, by E.R. Zanes
Representing Rescue Missions, and Dangerous Magic
Dead Lands Rescue, by E.R. Zanes
Representing Fourth Wall Breaking, and Genies / Djinn
1001 Episodes to Literary Godhood, by Nate Gillick (writing as Eldritch Thundergod)
The Final Countdown Begins!
Voting begins Monday, 1pm Eastern! Good luck everyone, and let's have some fun! I'd encourage everyone to share news of the event with your readers, friends, and social media platforms of choice. When more people see the fine work of authors using Laterpress, everyone involved in this event wins!
Additional Note: All links used in this event are direct links to the book, not affiliate links. This means all proceeds from any sales go to the author of the book, less Stripe's payment processing fees. Laterpress is not taking commissions from sales on this event.