I just bought a new fantasy book today, "The painted man" and looked at some reviews on amazon (tons of great ones). Did see some talk about "same old tropes, yawn" etc and that got me thinking: what do you feel is missing from many of the tropy (yes, it's a word...at least, now it is!) fantasy novels out there? what do you wish more fantasy authors did more often with their stories? Personally, I'm into the dark fantasy part of it, so I love a morally grey character and would also like to see more not-strictly-happy endings. What about you?