Wednesday, November 10, 2010

RTW: Favorite Literary Cliches

Welcome to our 53rd Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs.

This Week's Topic:  What are your favorite literary cliches?
  Though it's overdone and the antithesis of feminism, many of the books I adore involve a girl from a family that is down on their luck...
Enter a dashing fellow with a ton of money, and 
Voila!  All your problems are solved.
Well, okay, sometimes this creates bigger and more complicated problems...
 Though it's transparent and not very girl-power-oriented, I still love a lot of books that feature this cliche.


  1. LOL ME TOO! Ever since I was a little girl they were my favorites. Hmm...I think maybe that explains a lot about me. lol

  2. I think damsel in distress still works, but only if it's done well.

  3. Ooh, good one! This lit. cliche is one that still works, no matter the time period. I hate to admit it...please don't throw anything at m through cyber space...I haven't read any of the books in your post. *head held low*

  4. I agree--when done well, this is a cliche that totally works.

  5. Oh, I love this one, too! I don't care if it's anti-feminist! (And maybe it isn't, anyway... isn't feminism all about the ability to choose? I'm choosing to read these lovely, cliched books!)*

    Oh man, I totally just twisted an entire movement for my own selfish literary purposes. ;P

  6. Great examples, especially how Jane Eyre adds a twist on the cliche.

  7. oh you had pictures with yours too NICE!!!!

    Yes a rich guy will come in a sweep you off your feet and take care of everything and all you have to do is be a perfect trophy wife and put up with his affairs with younger women.. Oh sorry did I just get a little The real housewives of NJ?

    But Damn are those fun to read.

  8. Good one! I've never read On Leaving Charleston. Looks like a good one :)

  9. i love that theme too - my fave would be i capture the castle. i just loved how they used the whole down on it's luck theme with the awesome castle setting.


  10. @Holly- exactly! explains a lot for me, too.
    True Alicia and Rebecca, doing it well is key.
    NO pressure Marquita, I would never throw something through cyber space-- at least not at you.
    @Abby- you're right, about the whole feminism thing. Choice is the key. Just the idea of "hot guy with fat wallet" solving all one's problems rubs me the wrong way.
    I agree Jennifer- poor Jane. She really thought it was going to work out. But it really, really didn't.
    @ Erinn, never thought of the logical connection to the Real Housewives franchise.
    @Katy- Alexandra Ripley writes some fantabulous historical fiction/romance. It's not highbrow, but it's awfully good. Charleston and On Leaving Charleston are some of my all time faves.
    @Nomes- great point. The decaying castle is such a powerful analogy for the run-down family.

  11. I love how you set this post up! Excellent points.


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