Academic prose doesn't have to be boring. You get to play with their relationship, their identities, their complex emotions. Basically everybody is expected to kill themselves for little or no commendation but there are, like, laws and stuff that companies have to work around. So you've decided to write with cliches. When asked to produce a cliché, many speakers simply produce an idiom.
Read on for a definition of cliché, examples of plot, character and descriptive clichés, and how to avoid clichés in your own writing: What is a cliché? Life expectancy in a conflict-heavy, pre-modern time, without antibiotics, is short. The world is more believable, more historical, as a result. Consider: everyday life is very different for a college student and, say, a stock broker or homeless person! Speech is filled with shortcuts as we aim to make ourselves understood. Clichés are overused expressions that at one time might have been original. I would also distinguish clichés from what I call formulas because there is sometimes a close relationship between the two.
Zijderveld defines a cliché thus: A cliché is a traditional form of human expression in words, thoughts, emotions, gestures, acts which--due to repetitive use in social life--has lost its original, often ingenious heuristic power. And that includes clichés, like the cliché in the headline of this blog post:. Word choice is one of the strongest tools for making your story original. Worse, a cliché can reveal an ignorance of history and other areas of knowledge pertinent to your subject matter. If I'm doing something very original with the plot or creating a very unusual character, it's almost a guarantee that I'm going to have to spend more time explaining what's happening in the plot or describing why and how that character is the way she is. But let me take care of our business. My favorite cliche is - the wisest thing I've ever heard anyone say is judge things by their effect.
But, you know, again, that's a classic example of a cliche that has real calm wisdom to it, as well. In a similar way, many idioms gain extremely high frequencies in English because they express very succinctly an idea that would take many more syllables if expressed in a literal way. And most people know that the majority of an iceberg is under water. When a conversation proceeds beyond stock greetings, however, a threshold is crossed, and speakers have an opportunity to either craft original sentences, or to remain stuck in the well-worn rut of the familiar - in which case, expressions that we may think of as clichés are bound to appear. Hephzibah, at the end of the day, you got to finish the game.
Why does everybody seem to hate clichés so much? Many phrases originate in genres outside of journalism and continue to have a specific or technical meaning in their place of origin: matter of fact in law, for example, or exhibit a tendency in scientific writing. Aside from being indicative of lazy speaking and lazy writing, they are rarely used correctly, and even when they are, they rarely make sense. So maybe you decide your lead male and lead female are going to hate each other at first and fall in love by the end of the story. This happened for me in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. This film was just funny because of the clichés. And the very fact that it has been repeated down the generations gives you strength because, you know, it makes you think, well, you know, I'm not in this alone, people have done this before. Other clichés, however, do not meet this criterion, such as quick to point out; in any way, shape, or form; and a whole new level.
The best way to free your speech and writing of unneeded and detrimental clichés is to construct it thoughtfully, paying close attention to the common tendency to insert a ready form of words in a place where it easily fits. I strongly believe in the power that comes from learning to write with intention and control. Use unique language that jumps off the page, witty and beautiful and so full of life. But a problem with Marvel is that they have created the same movie multiple times. The film makers took a cliche and made it fresh. The wonderful acting of Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe of course helped with this as well.
But the second did it with more specificity—in other words, by using detailed evidence to reinforce her more general claims about herself. Root out clichés and tired phrases from your manuscripts and then create your own phrases. You're going to use some classic banter between them along the way. Our email address is talk npr. We hear them, we speak them, and we write them.
If you want your writing to be fresh and interesting, you should avoid using clichés. So sometimes, a cliche that's used by millions of people, Hephzibah, can have personal meaning. Clichéd characters in novels frustrate us since their characterization feels phony. You say certain words and people know what they mean. It's still too new and out there for the general population to get it.