I have to get this off my chest.
I love cliches….okay SOME cliches. There are still some cliches that drive me up the wall.
But usually the cliches that tick me off are the ones involving winks to the audience. I can stand a couple in a book….but if there’s one every other page…I kind of want to throw the book against the wall.
There are exceptions. Ready Player One was bearable. But if you’re trying to entice your audience into enjoying a story by referencing things…with no relation to the story, just kind of as a nudge nudge wink wink moment, no thank you.
Other cliches I don’t mind. I don’t mind the parent/guardian being dead or dying a the beginning. I don’t mind the familial relation reveal (if handled well, obviously). I don’t mind the love triangle or will they won’t they story lines.
I could go on…but I won’t. Otherwise this post will be far too long.
I guess the point of this post is really to say…everyone is different. Cliches may be overdone, but there’s a reason.
Also, sorry, there truthfully aren’t that many ways to write stories that won’t annoy some people while others love it.