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Last Week's Discussion - My Love- Hate Relationship with YA Contemporary
Today's Topic - When the Cliche is Taken Too Far
You may be wondering - How on Earth Bookie, can you take a cliche too far? Well, my dear readers, YA is a fairly 'cliched' genre. Some authors might argue with this point but when you write a book, you're writing what the audience wants to read. You're writing what you know they will like, what will sell, what will be read, what is cliched. Originality can only go so far, when you're playing safe.
Occasionally you find an author willing to throw everything in and write a book that's completely original. They're the ones that turn into International Bestsellers and make it to the sliver screen. Or they are the ones that never make it big. It's a gamble that not many authors are willing to take which is why originality can only go so far.
YA readers aren't very 'picky' with what they read in general. Most of us, follow mainstream - we read what everyone else reads, we read what's being publicised, we read books that make the New York Times, we read books that have been made into movies but most of all, we all read books that follow the success of another.
Bottom line? We read the books that have somehow made a cliche out of an 'original' idea but after being written in a gazillion books it's no longer original and is now classified as way. too. cliched. Perfect example? The Typical Love Triangle.
Sure, there were Love Triangles in YA books before Twilight but the number has increased greatly after the success of the international bestseller. The first few books that were published after Twilight with Love Triangles were still enjoyable, but soon it became a cliche and then it became a cliche that has been taken way too far.
Sure, the Love Triangle still sells. People still read the books but on a personal level ( or not so personal level as I have read posts from other bloggers) we, as YA readers are slowly getting sick of it. It's been used so many times, over and over again that we know what's going to happen even before we read past the fifth chapter.
Guy #1 meets Girl. Falls instantly in love with her. Girl loved Guy #1 but has undeniable feeling for Guy #2. Blah Blah Blah. Guy #1 and Girl live happily every after. Guy #2 is heartbrokened. THE END.
They are plenty of others that are just as cliched, and just as much used but the Love Triangle is the first that comes to mind. I personally hate how it's so cliched that the girl always ends up with guy #1 and how guy #2 never gets the perfect ending. IF ALL CHARACTERS CAN'T BE HAPPY DON'T INTRODUCE THEM!!!!
So what about you? Do you think that the Love Triangle has been taken too far? That some cliches have become too cliched that they have lost their meaning? Do you long to read something original? Do you think cliches can be taken too far?
Badass Bookie xx