Miranda is sent a letter But it's intercepted By her sister She burns it Out of compassion (or just passion) For the boy who sent it Sound familiar? I'm sure you've heard this one before. Let's try another. Two strangers chance to meet On a crowded street They smile They stop and chat a while And when the evening ends They part as more than friends They set a date to meet again But when it comes around One of them forgets the time (and place) How sad, you think, and yes how trite. But then again it's hard to write Completely new ideas. These tropes are key To some of the Greatest Novels. But that was then-- What are contemporary writers to do? In this world of cell phones and the internet. Miranda gets a text And she runs off with Leo They live happily ever after The strangers find each other online And arrange a new meeting They live happily ever after Sure, it's great to make lives better and people happier. But isn't it a little sad for novels? To see the death of age-old conflicts.
The argument is not necessarily one I’m inclined to agree with, but it does make me a bit wistful when I think about it.