Over at YA Highway, today's topic is: What's your favorite literary cliché?
This is such a tough one for me. Growing up, I loved reading Historical Romances with the worldly alpha male hero and strong-minded yet naive heroine...Yeah, the whole bodice-ripper thing.
But as soon as someone pointed out what a cliche that is (and how it perpetuates sexist notions about love) it was totally ruined for me. Now I cringe when a book I'm listening too starts to lean in that direction.
Then there's Star Trek (another love of mine growing up) where every new guy or gal on the away mission is bound to be the one killed.
I suppose there are many wonderfully written things (including Historical Romances and Star Trek) that still have elements of the cliche in them...put in either consciously or unconsciously by the writer. There is some comfort in the familiar. The thing the reader can automatically latch onto. And some humorous stories even depend on the cliche.
So maybe I'm oversensitive because I read more as a writer now than a reader. To me, recognizing something as cliche is like figuring out (or being told) how the magic trick works...as soon as that happens, the magic is gone.
I know some people feel tolerant of or even like cliche's. Where do you stand?