In all honesty clichés are horrible, nothing worse than loving a book because of where is heading and then tragically realizing is all cliché and we know how it’s going to end. Still we read them because, well books are just retells of different stories and we love storytelling. If you think about it, every romance story, every tragic story, every horrible and disgusting story has already been told in one way or another. What we love about those particular books (the ones that scream cliché all over) is that there are thousands of authors and even though they might be telling the same story, they all know how to tell it in different ways to keep us craving more.
If I were to count the clichés most romance stories and even dystopian and sci-fi have, I could probably spend about two or three hours just doing so and this blog would be super long, so instead I asked some of you guys what your thoughts were and here are the result.
Out of all your comments and what I came up with, there are some clichés that were more prominent and obviously the ones we love to hate the most.
First cliché I came across is that in a lot of young adult and new adult novels, the main character is best friends with the main guy or the other way around. Being friend zoned sadly happens quite a lot in the books. Girl always ends up being in love with the guy who happens to be a manwhore and her best friend. Obviously things always happen, a new guy comes into the girl’s life, the friend realizes he has feelings for her and then the conflict begins.
One way or another they get together, but misunderstandings and trust issues get them separated and pain drives them to do stupid stuff. Like dating other people and hurting each other. Ultimately they get together because their friendship was never a friendship, it was always them being into each other and trying to find the right time to actually be together.
Other reason why we hate to love clichés in books is because guys are always jerks to everyone even the main girl, but underneath it all he is a sensitive guy. He has had a crush on the shy girl, the girl that is a nerd and that he shouldn’t be caught death giving a second glance to.
Then for some unknown reason they get paired up for some English, Science or Government class project. After that, it all unfolds; guy sees how much he actually likes her and how much he is willing to fight for her. Then obviously trust issues, mean girls and social standards get in the way for a few chapters, but in the end they always end up together.
One cliché that I cannot stand is girl giving up pretty much everything she knows just for a guy. This sort of cliché usually happens a lot in dystopian and sci-fi books more than anything else. Main girl always gets tangled with the mysterious and mythical creature that for some reason or another falls in love with her, gets her harmed and once all is said and done, she usually decides to be with the guy no matter what he is and no matter if she is in danger for the rest of her life. She just gives up everything to be with “the love of her life,” which is a bit too cliché and something that usually doesn’t really happen in real life.
The last thing I’m going to mention on this post, because honestly if I went into all the clichés that exists I would probably be posting a very extensive blog post and we don’t want that.
Beautiful girls who are always the mean and rich girl in school, the ones that have the jock as their boyfriend and all of the sudden the poor, nerdy girl attracts the jock’s attention and she actually gets him. Then rich, beautiful girl becomes even meaner and she ends up all alone and humiliated and not being popular anymore.
So, these are some of the most prominent clichés we always read about and we cannot help, but love. Stories we all want to happen to us, events and situations that sometimes we desperately need to believe can happen to us, we need to believe something great will come our way.
Do you agree with theses clichés? What are others that you think could have made the list?
Read you later.