Friday, January 22, 2010

F³A: Cliche Characters


Yes, Cliche Characters. A phrase I'm getting totally tired of hearing. I mean, cliche characters are just the people who are so over the top in real life, they stand out, right? What would Harry Potter be like without the Evil Wizard ( could also be Brought-Back-To-Life villain), the School Bully, the Chosen One, the Twins, I could go on and on.

I wrote a book about a high school shooting. Who are the people in your high school that stand out above the rest? The jocks, the cheerleaders, the gangsters, the brains? Yes. They are. The stand out because of who they are, because they are caricatures of themselves. What the hell is wrong with writing about people that stand out above the rest? Give them their own personality with a twist, and you have someone interesting to read about. Someone you probably know. Maybe even someone you are or once were. Characters to hate or connect with. I'd like someone to name me one book without a cliche character. And who gets to define them as cliche anyway? Is there a literary cliche character committee?

I'm venting here of course. I'm an amateur when it comes to writing novels. Do I need to read more about writing? Sure. Could I benefit from classes? Everyone can. (of course on a one income household it's hard to find the extra money to do that) But I believe in my talent, I believe I have stories to tell. I believe in myself and my cliche characters.

credit to http://risusiverse.wetpaint.com/ for list of cliche characters.

I'm done. Please feel free to chime in about this. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Here's a poem for your reading pleasure (or displeasure, whatever :)

it pains
more than birth
or death
folds you in a box
in the dark
in the light
shining
shadowing
thrills
and
disheartens

it brings you to tears
it charms
it pleases
it makes and breaks
and reels and spins

it’s a top
a pendulum
a perpetual dance
to a beating drum in my ears

you want it to stop
but it’s vital
like air
and you know in the end
it can leave you
empty
or filled
and you say to yourself
it’s a risk
that’s worth taking.

Okay Song of the Week: The High Road by the Broken Bells

Movie of the Week: Avatar

Book of the Week: The Bum Magnet by K.L. Brady. I haven't read it, but looking forward to it

Quote of the Week: "We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones." ~Stephen King
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