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Your personal opinions on cliches in forms of entertainment.
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Posted 2/16/14

Bakaneer wrote:

As for me, it depends on what the cliche is and how the story feeds off of them. Sometimes, cliches are integrated very nicely and are creative tools to bring out the substance of the show. But there are cliches that just give out the feel of redundancy and the show becomes stale quickly to the point where it feels like I am watching some other show all over again. Of course, the charm of cliches is that they are there because viewers expect to react favorably to them in a way. But at the same time, there is that danger where it totally jeopardizes the creativity aspect.



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I've heard that whole "everything's been done before" spiel a billion times. As a writer, I can understand where you're coming from. I used to worry that my ideas weren't original enough, and that somebody's probably done the same thing before, and better. And that's entirely true in some cases. But, you see, the thing is that it doesn't really matter. After a while, I realized that because I came up with the ideas my own (rather than trying to piggy-back off of a successful book or trend), they would be original enough. If your idea comes from your heart and it's something you truly love and are passionate about, then you bring something entirely unique to the table: your own voice. If you actually make an effort to be original, then that's enough. The general plot might be the same as something else, but that's okay.

My opinion on cliches, however, is a different story. Cliches are lazy. They're a sign of not trying and not caring enough to come up with an actually interesting way of saying something. Cliches can be used as shorthand for certain emotions, characters, etc, but who honestly wants to read that? Or watch that, or whatever. If what you're trying to say is so insignificant that you can convey it using some trite phrase, then why are you bothering to tell it to me in the first place?
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Posted 2/16/14
I often enjoy a series whether or not the framework of the series is cliche, the characters are often built unique enough to see them as an individual, thus making the series still enjoyable.

There are some situations where I don't like them. In certain situations where you know someone won't die, eliminates the severity of the battle, or in a comedy/romance like series, you know how the pairings will end up, and it's not always who you are rooting for. In those cases, it is definitely annoying. They could always do something like Clannad though and create extra OVA arcs to show things if the pairings ended up different, that really made that series unique in that sense, everyone is happy in one universe or another.
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Some people are good with coming up with a greatly done original idea that it makes me a bit envious. I wouldn't say that the writer don't care they're just not as great as the writer that are good at it. I hate the whole "everything's been done before" said so much as much as bad grammar and telling NOT showing.
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