There is nothing more disheartening than being there to witness an amazing story idea turn cliché. I remember the moments when they were first introduced, and the rave they brought with them. I also remember the split realization I had at 2:00 am when I realized that the same idea was no longer original and brilliant. It had fallen into the rusty pile of Cliché:
The shockingly insecure teenage girl. How many times have you heard about the teenage girl that everyone thought was confident and sure of herself but was actually insecure and struggling? If I hadn’t heard this before, I would have thought that this was the most interesting idea, but now I can predict the outline of the entire plot from the description of the main character.
The rebellion of a dystopian society. Matched by Ally Condie: The main character rebels against her dystopian society by falling in love. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: The main character initially rebels against her society by making it impossible for the Hunger Games to have one winner. Divergent by Veronica Roth: This whole series was about the main character rebeling against her society by using her divergence to stay out of her country’s experiments. Don’t get me wrong, these are great books but the amount of times this amazing idea has been used has made it a cliché.
It’s a huge shame to watch great ideas such as these turn cliché, because they used to make readers so excited to read on. Unfortunately, the overuse of the ideas got the better of them and they are now ideas that some people prefer staying away from.