Science Fiction Cliches
The list that started this post, is from Dragon Writing Prompts. The sci-fi list is comprehensive. You might want to click on the label 'lists' for more like this.
Also from Dragon Writing Prompts is a list of fantasy cliches in four different categories. Also, Obsidian Bookshelf has another list of most-hated fantasy cliches.
Confessions of a Starving Mystery Writer lists detective cliches to avoid, along with links to two other lists. And the Answer Bank solicited reader's opinions on murder mystery cliches.
Writing World has a fully-explained list of romance cliches to stay away from--or retool into something unique. The Queen of Swords posted the 'semi-grand list of overused romance cliches'. And though it focuses on movies, the Mutant Reviewers site lists some hilarious romantic movie cliches, like the 'l'-shaped blanket.
Read about Horror Stories We've Seen Too Often on Strange Horizons. Horror Factor offers 10 Cliches Horror Writers Should Try to Avoid.
Thriller/Crime Fiction Cliches
William Miekle shares ten cliches to avoid in crime fiction. And over at Petrona, you'll find another list with links to some more sites.
Are there cliches in literary fiction? Apparently so. Sean Lovelace describes what he thinks they are, and Mumsnet has an interesting thread where readers interact about their least favorite literary cliches.
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Cliches
Writing Hood explains some of the most common urban fantasy cliches, while Geek Speak Magazine lists the top 13 paranormal cliches (with examples from current books).
Young Adult Cliches
Skerricks has a top-twenty-five countdown. I guarantee you'll find something you're seen before.
Have you found any cliches that resemble your plot? Maybe these lists have made you aware of different ones. If you're interested in other kinds of cliches, check out the post here.
Awesome list to share. Thanks for looking all that up.ReplyDelete
I fall into the cliche trap every now and again, and thank you for this list! Headed to these sites now...
Have a great week.
Thanks Stacy and Janette. It was fun reading through all of them.ReplyDelete
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Thanks so much, Julie!ReplyDelete
Thank you very much for the sharing! It turned out beautifully. Great Analysis dude.ReplyDelete
You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by.ReplyDelete
This was good for a giggle... though I do think a well-written cliché is still entertaining. I might be saying that in defence of my clichés...ReplyDelete
You're right. I remember one book I read where one of the characters always spoke with cliches, but she got them wrong. It was hysterical.ReplyDelete
You know, not all cliches are bad. Sometimes, cliches are used because they are good plot devices. But overall, I try not to make my writing too cliche, but sometimes you do have to use what's been done before to advance the plot.ReplyDelete
Great list though!
You're right, they're not all bad, but it's nice to stretch ourselves as writers and try to come up with something readers haven't seen before.ReplyDelete
Debbie, awesome info---and I wanted to encourage YOU in your fantastic pursuits.ReplyDelete
I'm a husband, father of 11 (9 still at home--but we have 4 grand-babies) and my wife is 'privately educating' (for all those who hate the stigma of the honorable 'homeschool' badge) 8 right now.
Each morning I get up at 3m and start writing until noon--building my novel series (on my 8th book). I also write freelance and do web work.
Was excited to see your bio. Keep it up!
Wishing you all the success in the world!!
Thanks so much, Jaime! Nice to meet you. I'm very impressed with your dedication--I don't know how you have all that energy! Best wishes on your series--keep me posted!ReplyDelete
Thanks for this list I can just bookmark this page instead of 5 + pages :D I'm doing good so far I see two in my book that can be easily fixed. ^-^ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Darkocean! So glad this helps. Feel free to browse around for lots more resources. Hope you get to stop by again! : )ReplyDelete
Hi Debbie, I'm cleaning out my long list of book marks and am glad to see this page continues to be active. ^-^ So it says.Delete
Yes, I plan to keep it up. Haven't blogged much lately, but certain pages stay popular. Thanks for checking in! : )Delete
Well here's a topic idea, why are some people so hard on a protagonist if they just happen to be a female? I've given mine everything that a male needs to be interesting, with what I hope to be of many layers. Well, it doesn't help that she starts out stealing a book xD It's strange things have changed more then ever in real life but a ridiculously thin nine on likability for a female protagonist still exists. Perhaps you can figure this one out.Delete
No problem ^-^ -waves-
I think you hit on a common problem for authors. Personally, I love a complex heroine. For me, she doesn't have to be 'kick-ass', just imperfect, with a great character arc. I think *I* would love your character! : )Delete
Aww thank you for saying so. I wish I'd remember to check back here more often, excuse my later reply. Happy Halloween!Delete
And Happy Halloween to you! : )Delete
While I obviously cannot say for certain and I’m really just guessing, I get the gut impression that the author of this article would most definitely place Baldacci and Child in the realm of “cliche.” What’s more, I doubt the author holds them in any kind of real esteem.ReplyDelete
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