When you’re done setting fire to things tomorrow, and all family-members are back to huddling behind their screens (phone, laptop, tv) or books, consider digging into these 4 patriotic tropes. Caveta lector: TVtropes* can suck you in and you won’t be seen for hours. (If your family events run towards contentious, this may be a benefit.) Below are some Independence Day relevant tropes:
*TVtropes is a fairly-open wiki, where community members contribute tropes and examples of them. The assumption of the site is that entertainment consumers have in their heads hundreds of tropes which enrich the material they view when that material’s creators reference one of those tropes. For example, in the most recent Sherlock Holmes, when Holmes seems unwilling to let Watson get married, he is exhibiting Friend Versus Lover, which viewers will recognize as funny.
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”–Carl Sagan