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A borderline in my opinion is when there is a line between cliche and originality. Everything is either cliche or original but nothing is in between. Why is that? Could there ever be a borderline?


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Most of the time a lot of fiction are inspired(? I think that's the word.) off of others so many seem quite similar and cliche.
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A borderline in my opinion is when there is a line between cliche and originality. Everything is either cliche or original but nothing is in between. Why is that? Could there ever be a borderline?


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I think there actually already is a borderline. We see bad reviews (for the uninteresting and cliche) and good reviews (for the unique and original )all the time but there are many maaaany more books that never even get a review at all due to not looking interesting enough to the consumer market. Not to say these books are bad just some may be either ahead of their time or, unfortunately, behind their time. In some cases it just may be through shoddy marketing or advertising. It's why I love to try books by new authors or even older seldom heard of ones. You never quite know if you could stumble upon a hidden treasure. It's how I originally discovered Terry Pratchett pre-Discworld through his book Strata. Most people (on this side of the pond) had no clue who he was until the first videogame hit the U.S. Market.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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A borderline in my opinion is when there is a line between cliche and originality. Everything is either cliche or original but nothing is in between. Why is that? Could there ever be a borderline?


Enjoy!!!


I think there actually already is a borderline. We see bad reviews (for the uninteresting and cliche) and good reviews (for the unique and original )all the time but there are many maaaany more books that never even get a review at all due to not looking interesting enough to the consumer market. Not to say these books are bad just some may be either ahead of their time or, unfortunately, behind their time. In some cases it just may be through shoddy marketing or advertising. It's why I love to try books by new authors or even older seldom heard of ones. You never quite know if you could stumble upon a hidden treasure. It's how I originally discovered Terry Pratchett pre-Discworld through his book Strata. Most people (on this side of the pond) had no clue who he was until the first videogame hit the U.S. Market.


So there are some works of fiction that are in a borderline?
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neugenx wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


A borderline in my opinion is when there is a line between cliche and originality. Everything is either cliche or original but nothing is in between. Why is that? Could there ever be a borderline?


Enjoy!!!


I think there actually already is a borderline. We see bad reviews (for the uninteresting and cliche) and good reviews (for the unique and original )all the time but there are many maaaany more books that never even get a review at all due to not looking interesting enough to the consumer market. Not to say these books are bad just some may be either ahead of their time or, unfortunately, behind their time. In some cases it just may be through shoddy marketing or advertising. It's why I love to try books by new authors or even older seldom heard of ones. You never quite know if you could stumble upon a hidden treasure. It's how I originally discovered Terry Pratchett pre-Discworld through his book Strata. Most people (on this side of the pond) had no clue who he was until the first videogame hit the U.S. Market.


So there are some works of fiction that are in a borderline?


Easily. For example, if you look at the following sites I'm betting there are more books that you've never heard of than books you've heard good or bad things about...

https://www.harpercollins.com/
http://avonromance.com/
http://www.penguin.com/

It's just such a crowded market that you only hear about the very good or the very bad. Not to say these authors don't have followings and make money, they're just not on the Nicholas Sparks, Stephen King or James Patterson level or they're sooooo bad they never come out with a second book. The borderliners will have 10, 20 or even 30 books in their credits yet many won't even know they exist. An old friends father had 16 books last time I looked and no one I knew ever even heard of him but his son, his son's GF and I in our group of like 20-30.
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Thanks for the links.
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The only borderline i have is bad
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qualeshia3 wrote:

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A borderline in my opinion is when there is a line between cliche and originality. Everything is either cliche or original but nothing is in between. Why is that? Could there ever be a borderline?


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borderline? Sorry but that already has happened. Anyway, I not going to get into it. Just stating my opinion.
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Didn't we already have a thread from OP on this subject a while back?
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Didn't we already have a thread from OP on this subject a while back?


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On-topic: I'd have to say all fiction is neither 100% cliche or 100% original.

Also, I think this is the thread I was thinking of:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-940597/can-a-person-take-a-cliche-idea-and-make-it-into-an-original-one
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I'd say the majority of stories exist in the middle-ground. Something being either completely original or completely cliche is fairly rare.
Posted 6/7/16
There most certainly is a middle ground.
What one person looks at and says is cliché may be original to someone who's never seen something like it before.
When someone looks at something and calls it original it may be cliché to someone else who has seen something like it before.
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On-topic: I'd have to say all fiction is neither 100% cliche or 100% original.

Also, I think this is the thread I was thinking of:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-940597/can-a-person-take-a-cliche-idea-and-make-it-into-an-original-one


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