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The takeaways I got from the few minutes I was there was the observations that for every trope, there's an anti-trope that's just as hackneyed (unless you come up with a new way to play it) and that different societies have different tropes. You might get a clever story by becoming familiar with the "everybody does this" trope for Asian or African stories.
I've been reading various original Arabian and Armenian folk tales (the original Thousand Nights tales, for instance), and once you get beyond the Disney tales, these are not the same as the Brother's Grimm. The villains and heroes are quite so well defined for one thing.