One Man’s Cliche is Another Man’s Entertainment

Thoughts on cliches

Legends of Windemere

Definition of cliche: a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse.

One of the biggest accusations that’s been sent my way is that I use cliches.  Well, one problem with genre writing is that there are standards and traditions that you really need to use a few of.  If you don’t use some of the ‘cliches’ then you’re not in the genre.  For fantasy, this can include magic, swords, medieval setting, and the overall atmosphere of the book.  My point here is that you can find at least one cliche in every book.  Although, this depends on the reader.

A person who has not read much of a genre won’t know the cliches.  A halfling thief like Nimby can be a cliche to hardcore fantasy readers and a unique character to…

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4 thoughts on “One Man’s Cliche is Another Man’s Entertainment

  1. If the cliche fits, use it. Cliches are the tourist destinations of the written word–people flock to ’em because there is a lot of entertainment value. A clever turn of phrase or an interesting place to pass through…pretty soon everybody knows it.

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