Kristina Busse will focus on tropes and their emotional impact. Tropes, the use of familiar plots, scenarios, and characterization, are a crucial part of fandom. They can be specific to a particular fandom, such as Pon Farr!first times, wishverse!AUs, and sentient!Atlantis fics; more often they transcend fannish boundaries, as in the case of amnesia, curtain!fic, and mpreg. Generic plots and themes are encountered within the shows we watch and books we read, and, in turn, we use them in the stories we write and the art we create. Tropes are a way to organize our fannish experiences: they allow fans to characterize fiction in archives, rec lists, and communities; they offer a shared framework in which to read and write stories; and they provide a vocabulary with which to analyze and talk about fiction. And yet critical fan meta often dismisses tropes as clichéd writing. Fandom thus is a culture torn between valuing originality and loving familiarity. Busse will open up the question of our own emotional investment in fan fiction, and the role fan fiction and their tropes play for us in our engagement with source and fan texts.