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Top clichés in fiction and movies
The love triangle worked for Dracula. The jealous homicidal shunned lover worked for Fatal Attraction, but when they are successful they are emulated and copied, become so cliche that it almost gives the book a lazy feel. Here are some of the top cliches in fiction and movies:
That ending scene where the heroine is in the taxi and the guy rushes to catch her before her plane/train/bus leaves for parts unknown to finally declare his love. It was romantic that first time we saw it. There is always some traffic, or maybe a woman giving birth — but something is keeping the man from getting to the sad leaving heroine. They always make it though. This is used in movies a lot, but Nora Roberts also implements this a lot. Keeping the hero and heroine apart until the last possible moment until they fall upon each other just realizing that they’ve loved each other the whole time!
Young Adult Romance clichés:
The shy girl with the bad self-image is pursued by the most popular guy, picked on by popular guy’s ex, resists popular guy because of his whorish former ways, but finally gives in to his charm and relinquishes her rebellious tendencies and becomes popular by association. I don’t know how many times I’ve read that particular cliches. It’s in everything, PNR, Contemporary, Fantasy….
The unwitting heroine. The female, strangely beautiful in a dirty wasteland world, is Chosen or picked or some how forced into a position of resistance to the overlord ruler of this dystopian world. The ruling government is fueled by evil intent and the heroine has stumbled into rebelliousness, not by fortitude or conscious decision to overtake the government, but because of love, or a series of unfortunate events.
What the hell is that name? I can’t pronounce your name. Stringing together a bunch of letters, symbols and then adding a comma in there does not make your character unique. It makes me feel like an ass when I try to talk about your book. I mean how do pronounce, Beryllinthranox? I know he is a dragon…but that stopped me in my tracks.
Science Fiction clichés:
The fated mates between two different species. It strikes me as wrong when sub-species of human beings hook-up, like a werewolf knocking it with a half-vampire, but when two species from different planets are meant for each other, it gives me a WTF moment. Um…that is a friggin’ alien and you two are doing what?? You know what the likelihood of species from two different planets even resembling each other is, not to mention being able to mate? Sure. Good luck with that arachnid looking thing…
Paranormal Romance clichés:
Three thousand year old paranormal male goes back to high school, for some stupid reason and then falls in love with 15 year old girl. Honestly, teenagers are a species in themselves. I wouldn’t want to hang out with a group of them, much less force myself to attend high school again and then date one. Especially if I have years and years under my belt. I can’t imagine how stubborn I will be at 80 much less 180. Why would a paranormal creature have to go back to high school, to blend in? What? And Why? You are a creature of immense power and years under your belt and you are going to force yourself to be subjugated by know-it-all PE teachers and forced to toe-the-line by restrictive clique behavior? This is one of the worst of all the clichés in fiction.