What is your favourite cliche in novels?

When it comes to cliches in novels, it seems that people either love them or hate them. Certain cliches have me rolling my eyes – like love triangles – I mean, c’mon, they are so overdone. But others have me rubbing my hands together and giggling like a school girl.

What cliches work for you?

I have to admit… I love a “new girl in town meets bad boy” cliche. I don’t know why, I just love everything about it, even though I know it is completely overdone.

What cliche do you adore?

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9 Responses to What is your favourite cliche in novels?

  1. Bookybecksa says:

    Funnily enough I am currently working on a blog called ‘My War on Romance,’ which kinda takes a dig at some of the more common cliches out there, including the oh so common love triangle. Everytime one pops up, I roll my eyes, and in some cases, stop reading.

    The other cliche I hate that turns up in so many books I read (mainly crime/thriller novels) is ‘man rescues woman from situation she could have handled herself, she is thankful and then they fall in love.’ Holy hell am I over that one!


    • When you finish your blog, can you let me know? I’d love to read it. I often tackle the same thing in my blog, so I always like to read other points of view.

      My favorite cliches…Hmm, crossdressing never gets old (mainly in fantasy and historical), and I love me some good old fashioned Byronic antiheroes. I’m sure there are more.


      • Bookybecksa says:

        Just thought I would leave you a link to that post I said I was going to write – it ended up more me using my commenting here as a thinking point and looking at my reading through a feminist lense. Thankyou for writing an article that made me look into my own habits and beliefs!

        Here is that article.


  2. My favourite trope is the strong, confident guy who turns out to be inches away from breaking completely and barely holding himself together. I particularly love it in gay romances, where it’s the supportive partner breaks and reveals himself to be human and flawed and not this superhero he thought he had to be, and gets the same love and support in return that he’s been giving.


  3. Okay we are talking guilty pleasures here…….I like the typical Ugly Duckling story in all its facets….whether is a “homely” girl or guy who after a little rework turns into this beautiful person all the guys or girls want except that one girl or guy they have to prove themselves to with more than just looks.

    I also like the down on his luck guy or girl – the underdog character, who is falls into some mysterious world and is elevated to high status within it….and basically ends up the hero …:)

    So many books and movies I can cite with that last plot line….:) From Star Wars to Harry Potter, to Katniss in Hunger Games, and Tris in Divergent… To the nerd Peter Parker in Spiderman Comics…


  4. Amy says:

    In romance, I have to say, I’m a sucker for ‘marriage of convenience’ plot lines. Yes, I understand it is highly unlikely that every one of them ends up falling madly in love, but I can’t help myself. They’re my weakness.

    In middle grade and YA, I love the arc of the secondary character, usually the best friend, who is quiet and shy and becomes a force to be reckoned with in the end, especially when they give the MC a thorough dressing down. And, also, when they sacrifice themselves for the life of the MC. The best friend sacrificing their life is definitely a love of mine. What a testament to true friendship!


  5. Widdershins says:

    Soooo many cliches just make me roll my eyes and throw things, but if I had to pick a least un-favourite I’d go with the downtrodden woman who makes good.


  6. SoullessLove says:

    I agree on love triangles, sooo tired of them. One cliche I always fall for (if its handled well) is the misunderstood monster. Not like the Edward Cullen character that keeps claiming to be the bad guy when he’s really just mopey, but like Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein’s monster kind of character.


  7. Ali says:

    I have to admit I’m a sucker for that cliche to. What the titles of some of your fav cliche books?


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