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Crimsonfire
May 17th, 2005, 06:20 PM
I found an interesting and amusing list of overused cliches on the net.
Whats good about it is that it classifies them according to credibility, frequency, etc
Take a look for yourselves:
The Grand List of Overused Sci-Fi Cliches (http://enphilistor.users4.50megs.com/cliche.htm)

Expendable
May 17th, 2005, 07:19 PM
mmm, nice list. Now I can point to something and say, "This is what you need to avoid."

-Ex ^__^

tooeviltoknow
May 17th, 2005, 07:22 PM
Lol, do you have one for fantasy as well?

Expendable
May 17th, 2005, 09:07 PM
The Grand List of Fantasy Cliches (http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Labyrinth/8584/stuff/cliche.html)

Not to mention our own SciFi/Fantasy Cliches (http://www.sffworld.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-3881.html) from November 2002....

tooeviltoknow
May 18th, 2005, 07:50 AM
found this site. thought it was funny. thought i would share

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~imcfadyen/notthenet/fantasy.htm

michaelS0620
May 18th, 2005, 09:35 AM
That's a great page! The funny thing is, an author with decent skill at writing could take that as a real blueprint and bang out a novel comporable to what's on the shelves now. So what shall I call my Hero/Loser....

TheGhost
May 18th, 2005, 09:45 AM
Yeah, it's kind of depressing, isn't it? If you followed those cliches and formulas, you're a hell of a lot more likely to get past the gatekeeper.

Reviewing the list, I think I avoided most of the cliches I want to avoid, but I found a few ideas too. Like the cliche that alcohol is the only drug in a society, and it shouldn't be.


Ghostie

tooeviltoknow
May 18th, 2005, 10:02 AM
In my opinion, it all depends on the writer. If the writer is a good story teller, I could care less about the cliches. Anyway, that's just me.

KatG
May 18th, 2005, 10:22 AM
Killjoys. This is an older list and is much more fun, especially as we face the last Star Wars movie. I'm disappointed that they don't have the princess and hero lists on the official site, but I have excerpts from those somewhere.

http://www.eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html

tooeviltoknow
May 18th, 2005, 10:26 AM
I've seen this one before, on someone's blog, but I can't remember who. Anyway, it's worth checking out, quite funny.