Aug 12, 2009
On being Cliche'.....
Lately I have often heard the word Cliche' being thrown around. Unfortunately one particular toss of the word was used towards my MS. Not a happy word to me. I decided I wasn't really SURE what exactly the word meant. So I did what any unknowing, uninformed person would do...I Googled it!
Per Wikipedia -
A cliché (US: /klɪˈʃeɪ/ UK: /ˈkliːʃeɪ/, from French), is a saying, expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, rendering it a stereotype, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. The term is frequently used in modern culture for an action or idea which is expected or predictable, based on a prior event. It is likely to be used pejoratively. A cliché may sometimes be used in a work of fiction for comedic effect.
Ok...so um...not too happy about it being used towards my book, considering I THOUGHT it was quite the original idea...sigh
But let's make sure I am understanding this word correctly. Here are a few examples I have put together that are "cliche'" with a possible remedy for each.
Cliche' - Driving in the car with children ... them saying "Are we there yet?"
Remedy - I was quite impressed when my children decided to break the mold and instead say "This is taking too long!"
Cliche' - The question given by husbands and children around the globe, "What's for dinner tonight?"
Remedy - This could be easily remedied by just asking, "What can we make you for dinner tonight mom?" See how original that would become!!!
Cliche' - Folding Laundry
Remedy - Ok...so um...there is no remedy just yet for that...BUT there is no denying it's a Cliche' idea!
Cliche' - Having to FORCE my children to clean their rooms
Remedy - Having children that do not make a mess of their rooms and when they do they pick up the toys immediately after.
Cliche' - TV Shows about Doctors and Hospitals
Remedy - TV Show about Dentists! (Capitalize on THAT NBC!!!)
And the number one Cliche' statement used more often than it should...drum roll please...
Cliche' - This is a very subjective business and I am afraid your novel is just not right for us at this time.
Remedy - Please send me your full manuscript along with your prospect advances and we will get your book/movie deal going immediately!
What???? I've got a point, you can't deny it!
But do you see what I see? Sometimes there is no way around what is Cliche'. Sometimes what is Cliche' just happens to be what works. So is it really Horrible that something about my book may or may not be Cliche'?