Who else cringes when reading a straight out cliche?
I certainly do.
There are a few different types of cliches, some are annoying and eye-roll-worthy, and others aren’t so bad because sometimes you can’t avoid them.
- eye-roll-worthy is the type of cliche that I just read in (I won’t say what book because you may be a fan). But, I’ll give an example of where I’m going. A smart teenage boy with extraordinary powers goes to high school, gets bullied by big jock for no apparent reason other than the pretty girl who reads books and has no flaws and a blond pony (whom of which big jock has crush on/used to date) was nice to teenage boy with extraordinary powers. Wow, that was one long sentence! Wait a minute, was I talking about (inserts 2 completely different stories that somehow have that exact plot). I won’t say what two story’s came to mind, but if you’ve ever read YA, you get where I’m coming from. I’ve seen that scenario and everything similar to it so many times it’s exhausting.
- The unavoidable cliches because it’s your only option. For example, using a tracker for the bad guys to track your hero. I’ve seen that many, many, times, in many famous and lovable stories. It’s sometimes the only way that could possibly work for the plot of a story. Though if you find some way around an unavoidable cliche, take it, take it, take it.
- The cliche characters cliche. You know what I’m talking about, the mean tough girl who uses a sad past as an excuse to be a jerk, love interest with no purpose other than being a love interest, excitable nerd kid genius, etc, etc. There are tons of cliche character types that have been written over, and over again, and are still being written. Go beyond what you know and use your own creativity to make the most extraordinary, unforgettable, characters you can.
Happy Writing! ~ Tatyana