Wait--hear me out.
Some students come to English from another language, and to them cliches can seem fresh. Evocative. And then there's the tropes in stories: prophecies, parents who disappear in children's fiction, dragons who guard treasure and breathe fire, sexy vampires...I wouldn't want all those tropes to go away. Now I'm not saying I don't see far too much of some things--and yes, of course I love new twists on old ideas. But I was looking at young adult novel cliches today, particularly cliches in the paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and while I'm definitely sick of some, I wouldn't want other to disappear. I like them. Other people like them. And if they're written well enough--or seen from a fresh perspective--they really can sparkle (I swore I'd stop, didn't I? Oops.).
So what do you think about cliches, in plot or down at the sentence level? I love seeing people play with cliches (Terry Pratchett comes to mind), and that sort of play can't happen without a base...
|The Wee Free Men from Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series! Terry Pratchett is a genius, and every time he writes a new book there is much rejoicing.|