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Here’s today’s Friday Five prompt:
Oh, there are so many literary clichés I love, particularly in YA! Hmm. So hard to choose only five, but I’ll try…
1) The childhood-best-friend-newly-rediscovered-romantic-interest, a la The Body Finder. (I’m totally working on a story that makes use of this cliché, but I PROMISE it won’t actually be cliché!).
2) The quirky and unique BFF, because what heroine wouldn’t want a quirky and unique BFF? Sort of like Frankie, from Twenty Boy Summer.
3) The neglectful, dead, disengaged or workaholic parental units. Yes, it’s convenient and annoying, but it works so well for YA self-discovery, like in Shiver.
4) The tombish or self-proclaimed awkward girl who’s actually gorgeous but lacks confidence until her one true love helps her realize her outer beauty. Oh geez, the examples here are infinite… let’s go with the most obvious: Bella from Twilight.
5) The asshole bad boy who turns himself around for the shy, sweet girl he’s suddenly falling for. Yes, I recently watched Beastly. (Yes, it sucked.)
Cliché or not, I chose these five because in the right authorial hands, they can definitely work. See the examples. 🙂
Do tell… what are your favorite clichés?
And in other Friday Fun, literary agent Rachelle Gardner asks this compelling Would You Rather…
She give you one million dollars for your entire body of written work, but then lock it away where no one will ever read it…
Make sure at least one million people buy your books over your lifetime, but you will never make a single dime?
I’ve actually discussed this topic with my husband before and the answer is easy. I’d definitely rather have one million people buy my books but never see the profit. That might sound stupid, but for me writing is about the story, not the money. Sure, a generous advance and hefty royalty checks would be amazing perks, but if forced to choose, I’d rather have people read (and enjoy!) my work.
What about you? Money or love?