Song of the Day: The Cliché Song by Christopher Mast
I'd just like to say that this was the hardest Friday Fives for me, so I only have four, which would make it Friday Four. The blog Paper Hangover asks:
What are your FIVE favorite cliches?
1. The Heroine
This is the most appropriate writing cliche for me because the heroine is the topic of my thesis (yes, I'm in thesis mode.) We've seen them in the past with Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, and we see them in more modern books with characters such as Precious in Push and Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God. Many argue that the heroine is a cliche, but I don't think she's ever going away. I for one love reading about her.
2. The Ex vs. The New Guy (or Bad Boy vs. Good Guy)
Often times a female character will break up with a guy (who is usually the bad boy) and find a new guy (the good guy.) The female will then go back to the ex once he shows interest again (usually due to seeing her with a new guy.) But in the end she realizes that the good guy is who she should be with. I love when the good guy wins.
3. The Sarcastic Main Character or Sidekick
I love sarcasm. The end.
4. The Enemy
The adversary always makes a more interesting read. They tend to shake up the equilibrium of the main character plus get the reader to be sympathetic to the MC.
What about you? What are your favorite writing cliches? Also, seriously check out the song of the day. It's a song composed entirely of cliches. So cool!