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Post Reply Cliches that you always avoid when it comes to fiction novels
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Posted 10/25/16
I personally hate the cliche of a girl being all weak and every guy comes to her aid.
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Posted 10/25/16

kiri97 wrote:

I personally hate the cliche of a girl being all weak and every guy comes to her aid.


That would be annoying.
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Posted 3/4/17 , edited 4/18/17
The most common cliche in drama or story made by people from my country:

Girl is plain, poor, a loser, and maybe a loner. She's supposed to be the representative of the 'normal' people. The there's this rich, handsome, popular guy at school. He's probably got a fanclub and chances are they call him 'Prince'. That guy and the girl from before are gonna fall for each other. If the guy is an ass, he'd probably be teasing or bullying her at 1st. There's also a chance she's gonna become his maid/servant for some reason.

Then another guy will show up. He's probably either more like her (poor and a loser) or like him (rich and popular) but chances are he;s gonna have good looks anyways and will be the nicer one of the two guys. He's gonna fall for her, too but wouldn't get her.

If it's not in a school setting, it's gonna be in a work setting or the guy would be some kinda millionaire or actor or both. The same thing is gonna happen anyways.

I mostly avoid these like the plague unless I'm dead bored (my sister won't lend me the books she borrowed from her classmate because she knows I'll be complaining in the end anyways). Like, can't these people use a different cliche or something? Can't they use those cliches and twist them into something better? Can't they not follow the leader? Just because one such story had become popular doesn't mean you all have to make the same thing. Jeez.

EDIT: Speaking of cliches, my mom kept borrowing pocket books from my aunt lately and I don't know how many times I groaned at seeing different books describe the main guy as some kind of 'Gorgeous, Multi-Billionaire CEO' of some well-known company and how the girl can't resist him and for some reason, the same could be said for how the guy feels for the girl no matter which archetype she falls into. Ugh...
Posted 3/5/17
I don't like werewolves or vampire but only because I've read so many bad ones, it takes more effort to find a good one.
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Posted 4/22/17
Not sure if it counts, but I hate characters who are writers that are clearly just author inserts.

Gross.
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broken marriage
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ubermensch "alpha males"
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Posted 6/4/17
Where do I even begin?:

- Timetravel of any kind (sweetheart, it never works)
- First world problems of middle class people (no, just because you had a fight with your husband does not mean you should get a divorce / yes we know the western world if effed up already)
- Teenage romance (it never works either)
- Chosen One trope
- Amiable Fool trope - usually a stupid sidekick (God do I hate those characters)
- Deus ex Machina(s)/Asspull (so many in fantasy)
- Repetitiveness does not mean eloquent prose people
- Funny-not-funny-but-kinda-serious character trope (STOP THIS ALREADY)
- Portraying (small) children as stupid cliche
- HE WAS A BAD GUY ALL ALONG!!!!!! cliche
- Author's second/third/forth/fifth,etc. novel is a rehash of his debut (I kid you not)
- I am an a**hole bc I cannot fit into society BS trope (STOP THIS TOO, JUST STOP THIS)
- Characters making snarky/funny comments in the middle of an intense scene - usually fight scenes in adventure novels/teenage YA but appears in contemporary literary fiction too (it's not funny, it makes the situation and the characters look stupid)

Also: Burn all of YA and move on people. No more teenage angst please!

- Out of place sex scenes
- INSTA LOVES (STOOOOP THIS!!)

And the worst of all cliches is:
Wish-fulfilment fantasies masquerading themselves as *cough* literature
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Posted 6/4/17 , edited 6/5/17

rasmond wrote:

Where do I even begin?:

- Timetravel of any kind (sweetheart, it never works)
- First world problems of middle class people (no, just because you had a fight with your husband does not mean you should get a divorce / yes we know the western world if effed up already)
- Teenage romance (it never works either)
- Chosen One trope
- Amiable Fool trope - usually a stupid sidekick (God do I hate those characters)
- Deus ex Machina(s)/Asspull (so many in fantasy)
- Repetitiveness does not mean eloquent prose people
- Funny-not-funny-but-kinda-serious character trope (STOP THIS ALREADY)
- Portraying (small) children as stupid cliche
- HE WAS A BAD GUY ALL ALONG!!!!!! cliche
- Author's second/third/forth/fifth,etc. novel is a rehash of his debut (I kid you not)
- I am an a**hole bc I cannot fit into society BS trope (STOP THIS TOO, JUST STOP THIS)
- Characters making snarky/funny comments in the middle of an intense scene - usually fight scenes in adventure novels/teenage YA but appears in contemporary literary fiction too (it's not funny, it makes the situation and the characters look stupid)

Also: Burn all of YA and move on people. No more teenage angst please!

- Out of place sex scenes
- INSTA LOVES (STOOOOP THIS!!)

And the worst of all cliches is:
Wish-fulfilment fantasies masquerading themselves as *cough* literature


I feel like you just described every book ever witten.
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Posted 6/5/17

DrunkKanti wrote:


rasmond wrote:

Where do I even begin?:

- Timetravel of any kind (sweetheart, it never works)
- First world problems of middle class people (no, just because you had a fight with your husband does not mean you should get a divorce / yes we know the western world if effed up already)
- Teenage romance (it never works either)
- Chosen One trope
- Amiable Fool trope - usually a stupid sidekick (God do I hate those characters)
- Deus ex Machina(s)/Asspull (so many in fantasy)
- Repetitiveness does not mean eloquent prose people
- Funny-not-funny-but-kinda-serious character trope (STOP THIS ALREADY)
- Portraying (small) children as stupid cliche
- HE WAS A BAD GUY ALL ALONG!!!!!! cliche
- Author's second/third/forth/fifth,etc. novel is a rehash of his debut (I kid you not)
- I am an a**hole bc I cannot fit into society BS trope (STOP THIS TOO, JUST STOP THIS)
- Characters making snarky/funny comments in the middle of an intense scene - usually fight scenes in adventure novels/teenage YA but appears in contemporary literary fiction too (it's not funny, it makes the situation and the characters look stupid)

Also: Burn all of YA and move on people. No more teenage angst please!

- Out of place sex scenes
- INSTA LOVES (STOOOOP THIS!!)

And the worst of all cliches is:
Wish-fulfilment fantasies masquerading themselves as *cough* literature


I feel like you just described every book ever witten.


Oh dear! Did I? And here I was thinking of adding to the list!
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Posted 6/5/17 , edited 6/5/17
I hate Detective cliches. D:

Socially Awkward Genius with a little quirk. Gets paired up with an attractive person of the opposite sex and hilarity/drama ensues while they solve crimes while trying to cope with each others different personalities only to find out they actually want to make love with each other.

MAKE IT STOOOOOOOOOP. T___T
Posted 6/15/17
Oh gosh, there is a lot haha. All of these are with the exception of books over a 4 star average on Goodreads or gooks that are highly well written:
Vampires
Werewolves
Transformations (like "Oh! I'm suddenly a magical creature!!)
Sudden love interests, when suddenly a hot guy shows up
Twists of destiny that are obvious the product of writer's block
Series that are very similar coming from the same author (such as Rick Riordan. I admire his writing beyond words but all his series are on the premise of guys and mythology)
Plot twists with no background
YA " perfect worlds" (unless well-written)
Relationships between characters at the comfort level of family or who have lived together since a young age

Covers:
Most pretty young girls
Half naked guys/girls
Any girl holding balloons
Most roses

Titles:
Long titles (or ones that can't be shortened)
Anything explicitly about sexual desire
Clique words like "wizard" or "destiny"

As you can see, I enjoy fantasy most and I am very picky haha.
Posted 6/15/17

rasmond wrote:

Where do I even begin?:

- Timetravel of any kind (sweetheart, it never works)
- First world problems of middle class people (no, just because you had a fight with your husband does not mean you should get a divorce / yes we know the western world if effed up already)
- Teenage romance (it never works either)
- Chosen One trope
- Amiable Fool trope - usually a stupid sidekick (God do I hate those characters)
- Deus ex Machina(s)/Asspull (so many in fantasy)
- Repetitiveness does not mean eloquent prose people
- Funny-not-funny-but-kinda-serious character trope (STOP THIS ALREADY)
- Portraying (small) children as stupid cliche
- HE WAS A BAD GUY ALL ALONG!!!!!! cliche
- Author's second/third/forth/fifth,etc. novel is a rehash of his debut (I kid you not)
- I am an a**hole bc I cannot fit into society BS trope (STOP THIS TOO, JUST STOP THIS)
- Characters making snarky/funny comments in the middle of an intense scene - usually fight scenes in adventure novels/teenage YA but appears in contemporary literary fiction too (it's not funny, it makes the situation and the characters look stupid)

Also: Burn all of YA and move on people. No more teenage angst please!

- Out of place sex scenes
- INSTA LOVES (STOOOOP THIS!!)

And the worst of all cliches is:
Wish-fulfilment fantasies masquerading themselves as *cough* literature


This. All of this in addition to my post haha. You summarized most of it perfectly. Except the YA part, though, some YA is actually pretty good.
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Posted 8/17/17

rasmond wrote:
Timetravel of any kind (sweetheart, it never works)

Some kinds can work. Strictly-forwards time travel such as in A World Out of Time by Larry Niven comes to mind. Even though it isn't my favourite book, the time travel works nicely.


rasmond wrote:
Wish-fulfilment fantasies masquerading themselves as *cough* literature

That, sadly, covers most of fiction.
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