All of us have read a book with cliches. For me, 3/4 of the books I read have cliches but cliches aren’t necessarily a bad thing IF done right. Now for my old followers, do you remember when I did those Wattpad rants? Well guess who got back into that sucking machine.
and I’m (kinda) proud to say that! Now since I read practically read every single good Wattpad book in existence then it takes me a long freaking time to find another, and some are quite laughable. Just the other day I was reading a book because I thought the cover was pretty (don’t judge me) and I swear I only kept reading it because it became so bad that it was actually entertaining. It was bad for two reasons, one being the author of the book wasn’t the best at grammar and all that writing stuff but THE MAIN REASON was because of the amount of cliches that books has.
Just to name a few…
Bad Boy, Brother’s Best Friend, Characters describing themselves in mirrors, Queen Bee, Found Pet, Nerdy Girl, Bucket list, and A Bet
THIS IS JUST A FEW!
Now I’m going to admit if it were ONE of these cliches then I would’ve probably liked it if it was done correctly. Now my number one guilty pleasure of all freaking time is reading “bad boy” “good girl” books. IT TIS A GUILTY PLEASURE! EVERYONE HAS ONE! AND honestly some of the best books I’ve read on that subject is on Wattpad. Check out my Wattpad rants 😉 NOT ALL BUT SOME! The published “bad boy” books I’ve read are all in the New Adult genre which I made a post about so (shameless self promo) CHECK OUT THAT POST! But this post isn’t about Wattpad or the books themselves. so I’m going to try and steer out of that road.
Cliches are honestly inevitable, and it doesn’t matter if you are published, self published, or a Wattpader. There will be cliches in a book, the difference between all these cliches is that some are actually unnoticeable. The way some authors create a balance of cliche and pure creativity makes you forget about the idea of a cliche. When is a cliche done right? The definition of cliche is literally “a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.” Cliches are done right when they don’t stick to the usual script. Let’s use the bad boy example, bad boy with a deep secret and good girl with a deep secret. Eh. That is the script for most bad boy books. Now picture this. Bad boy steals a girl (note I didn’t say good girl) bra and they become friends and they have adventures. CLICHE BUT WONDERFUL! One of my favorites! Still cliche with the clicheist of titles of all titles but it made me laugh, smile, and express emotions!
Yet when does cliche become intolerable? When the author starts to come up with all these ridiculous cliche plot lines just to keep the book going. When the characters become so annoying that you want to throw a brick at their “shy but always sarcastic selves.” When those lines come. Oh you know exactly what lines I’m talking about! To give you an example, here is the line that I physically want to remove from the universe and have every single person on this planet to erase this line from their minds and their writing.
“I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding.”
HOW COULD YOU NOT KNOW YOU WERE HOLDING IN A BREATH! ARE YOU THAT STUPID THAT YOU FORGOT HOW TO FREAKING BREATHE?! THE. MOST. ANNOYING. SENTENCE. EVER!
“I’m not good for you…kitten.”
Maybe it is not this exact line but it incorporates two things that made me want to throw my phone out the window. The whole “I’m not good for you thing but I am still going to act cute and hang out with you into you fall madly in love with me, EVEN THOUGH I told you not to” The other being the nickname “kitten”. This certain thing gets half of a annoying point just because the main character in my favorite book EVER uses that nickname. The reason I tolerate it is because HE HAD REASON TO! Her name is Katy. She is spicy with claws. She practically hisses at the guy. But when there really is not reason to call your significant other a “kitten” Why would you? Come up with something that expresses her or his personality for Pete’s sake!
But that is all for now! I want to know what you guys think about cliches. Do you tolerate them at times? Do you block them all together? This rant was PURELY MY OPINION! I’m not saying this should be next to the word “cliche” in an encyclopedia. This is all my opinion 🙂