Del Rey editor Mike Braff has a message for all you submitters of fantasy lore: “I’ve identified several negative tropes that we see far too much in fantasy submissions.” They are:
The Prophetic Orphan
The Expository Sewer
A’pos’tropheus the De’stroy’er
He talks about them here.
Note the reaction of one respondent:
“If I come across one more Dark Lord, I will become one.”
We can’t have that, now, can we?