Today I’m going to be listing my top 5 cliché lines that I really really do not like appearing in books I read (you could call it hatred if you wanted to put a name to it). Do they annoy me? Yes. Do they engulf me in fury? Sometimes. Do they make me to scream or laugh at the characters and say, “do you actually understand the words that are coming out of your mouth?!?” Absolutely. So here I have a list of my top 5 (that I can think of at this moment) lines in books that fill me with secondhand embarrassment or just make me go urghhh…
5. The rash self-sacrificer
Fine, I won’t go.
*Then secretly gets themselves (almost) killed*
Yes we are starting off with the line where a character agrees to formulate a RATIONAL plan and then totally does the opposite thinking they can fix the problem without telling anyone. Intelligence levels top-notch much? I used to be fine with this line, but recently it’s been emerging in books more recently and I am kinda sick of it. Yes it’s the heroic and brave thing to do, but a lot of the time the character who intends to sacrifice themselves makes the decision with unreasonable thinking aaaand creates more trouble because obviously their friends are going to try to save them. Especially when the character who obviously (to the readers) are stubbornly going to sacrifice themselves makes a HUGE speech on how they aren’t going to because it would be a stupid decision *nodding vigorously*, and surprise surprise… they totally go against what they said to get themselves killed. This line of course is only a portion of the self-sacrificing scene.
4. The destined
I knew we were meant to be.
I’m going to say it now – I don’t like destiny, fate or whatever you want to call it. I don’t like not being about to make choices, there being no free will. What really ticks me off is when characters follow through with it. I actually quite like it in books when characters are like stuff the prophecies, I’m going to do something else. Once again, I didn’t always hate this line or trope and I believe it can be done well (the trope that is, the line on the order hand is overused and I don’t really want to see it). However, at this point, I get exasperated when I see this popping up constantly, especially when characters half-hearted and “accidentally” defy the system and *gasp* don’t follow destiny. This is definitely a 5/5 eye roll moment for me.
3. The pretentious
I’m not like other girls.
Boys can also say this line in books but I find girls saying this is more common. Firstly, there is no problem being like “other girls”. Secondly, most of the time they aren’t any different to others girl, they’re just not the stereotyped girl or they’re given these so-called masculine characteristics – actually a majority of girls don’t even fit into the stereotype these days, right? Such hobbies of these “different girls” include “boy sports” (I really hate that term), coding, gaming. Thirdly, this usually makes the character annoying and catty because they believe they’re above other girls. NOT EVERY GIRL WANTS TO TEAR DOWN OTHER GIRLS (sorry that wasn’t directed towards you, just internal spleen). I just don’t like when characters call themselves an exception to their “typically unworthy group” they belong to. In fact, I see so many “different girls/boys” in YA books, maybe these characters should get together and see how similar they are being all different (irony… BOOM).
2. The instalove
When I saw you, I knew I was in love.
I really don’t know anyone who likes this line in books because it’s just so predictable. It’s so overused and makes them look desperate. And after that, they do something stupid because the one-sided “love” makes them a pathetic mess. Also, how can you know your in love with someone from a moment’s glance (or eye stalking them around the room)? Honey, you need to identify that isn’t luuurve. You don’t know them so it’s physical attraction. It’s lust. I just don’t see how characters can fall in love from eyes meeting across the room or in such a short amount of time. I will never understand why authors continue to include this trope in their books. Cringe factor: high.
1. The soulmates that didn’t have a life until they met each other (that title is totally going to catch on)
You complete me.
Arghhh so much rage when I read this one. Also I am a cynical person so it really makes me want to shake the character and shout, “where is your ambition in life?” You might be wondering why this is above the instalove – a common hated trope in books. Mainly it’s due to the unnecessary and excessive dependence these relationships contain. Also, I don’t like the suggestion that a person’s life can’t be fulfilling without the significant other. I don’t think I’m explain my point very well, but basically I don’t think an individual needs a romantic partner to feel whole and satisfied in life. I’m not talking about another person enhancing or allowing themselves to see and make change within themselves. Just not a fan of this line and I don’t think this idea should be taught.
I really hope I didn’t offend anyone – not my intention at all. It is absolutely fine if you like any of these cliché lines in books and I’m not hating on your taste in books. I must say although I passionately dislike these lines most of the time, if they are done well and suit the situation, I quite like them. Also, sometimes I do like if an author take a cliché and totally twists it, contradicts it or make it unique, essentially throwing away all its elements and rebuilds it (it can be pretty cool occasionally if it is aced). There you go! Those are my top 5 clichéd lines I see quite often reading and am like stop. Please stop. Of course there are variations, it’s not necessarily those specific lines, but just those types of situations tend make me peeved. Read away and have a great weekend!
Do you agree with my list or do you actually not despise them as much as I do? What cliché lines do you loathe in books or, maybe you don’t get as aggravated as I do and only mildly irritated? Perhaps there is a book that embodies all these terrible cliché lines. Also if these clichés appear in books, does it ruin the book for you? Let me know and comment below! (that rhymes hehe) So many questions *evil laugh*.