“This book will change your wife.”
The cliché is “This book will change your life”.
By changing one word, the cliché is transformed into a more interesting sentence: in this case about a novel, 50 Shades of Grey.
Is the word wife in this context a trope?
trope (trp) n.
- A figure of speech using words in nonliteral ways, such as a metaphor.
- A word or phrase interpolated as an embellishment in the sung parts of certain medieval liturgies.
"This book will change your wife" was one of the comments in a television program on Channel 4.
The programme examines the sociological and cultural effects the book is having in the UK, as sales of obscure classical music and bondage gear increase.
TV REVIEW: Sex Story - 50 Shades Of Grey - The Study Of A Phenomenon Of BDSM, Or 'Mummy Porn'
bondage and discipline
sadism and masochism
Actually, I was hoping for a little bit more of a discussion about 'What is a trope?' and 'Why, wife in this context, is not a trope?