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Post  Sarah on Thu May 31, 2012 12:17 am

Hi everyone! I haven't been on here in forever! I blame moving and school but now that both are pretty much over... I'm back Smile Anyway, something I've been thinking a bit about are cliches, these are the things agents cringe at when they see but when done in a super unique way they can still be awesome. So question: What cliche do you feel would have to be done uniquely in order to get away with it? And, if you can think of it, have you read any books recently that has a cliche that you feel was done really well and made it feel brand new again??

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Post  Maggie on Thu May 31, 2012 3:25 pm

First, I'm glad you're back! Very Happy And second, that's a great question, but I don't know if I have an answer. Hmm. I'd say I love to see love stories done over and over, in unique ways. XD Because everything love-story-related is a cliche, technically, because it's all been done before. But I never get tired of it. *shrug*


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Post  Sarah on Thu May 31, 2012 6:42 pm

I agree! I love seeing stories done over in unique ways too. I remember when I first started looking for writing blogs someone (can't remember who it was) said that everything's pretty much been done so it's the writers job to make their story unique and new again, if that makes any sense. I believe she worded it a lot better than that Smile

A big one for me is fairy tale retellings since those have been done so many times, but I read Cinder and loved it! It was so unique that it didn't feel like another over done story.
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Post  Maggie on Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:44 pm

Oh yeah! I like well-done fairytale retellings, too. Smile I haven't read Cinder yet, but it's on my to-read list! And I'm pretty pumped about it, because I've been hearing gooood things.

And yeah, that does make sense. Smile You worded it just fine! It's so true.

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Post  Sarah on Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:30 pm

I read it right when it came out and I half wish I hadn't because now the sequel is so far away! The thing I loved the most was how the author infused the Chinese aspects so that someone who doesn't have a lot of knowledge of Chinese culture could see it and understand it.

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Post  Maggie on Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:28 am

Ooooh! Now I'm even more excited!! :O And I feel a bit better that I'm late to read it. Then I won't have to wait so long. ^^

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Post  Sarah on Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:04 pm

Exactly! You won't have to wait as long for the sequel Smile
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Post  Constance on Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:14 am

CLICHES! I'm a little late to the party... But...hm. I think I agree with Maggie. Love stories. I AM tired of love triangles, though. So beyond tired. Unless they are done a bit differently...so...yeah. XD
Also, creatures. I love when magical creatures pop up when you don't expect them. Not vampires and the like. Unicorns and griffins and even dragons(though those are more cliched. I LOVES THEM ANYWAY.). So...yes. I think I forgot your exact questions. Razz
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Post  Sarah on Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:34 pm

CONSTANCE! I'm happy to hear from you anyway, late or not Smile I soo agree on the love triangle thing. The thing I hate most about that is that the girl is always like "I like him but I love the other guy but I'm going to string both of them along the entire novel with I spontaneously make out with both of them just cuz I can" it's so annoying to me since most of the time both guys are really nice and it makes me kind of hate the girl which is bad since she's the main character... Okay my rants over lol.

I surprisingly love dragons too even though they've become cliched. They are just so awesome that cliches don't effect them Very Happy
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Post  Alyssa on Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:26 pm

Joining the conversation, even later than Constance Wink. Mostly because you guys are talking about dragons... haha. I love dragons. It might be because my first "published" (in a teen writers' magazine) story was about a dragon but... yeah.

As far as cliches go... I detest love triangles. So, so sick of them. I also don't like when two characters "fall in love" in 3 days because I just find it too unbelievable. Mad Oh! And I read Cinder, it was SO good, I loved it. I really think guys would like it, so it's really unfortunate that the cover is a high-heeled shoe... (my brother wouldn't touch it Sad )
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Post  Constance on Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:48 am

@Sarah-Yes. Yes yes yes. It's the stringing along that REALLY gets me. If she would just flat-out tell one of them, "Hey, I don't like you as much as this guy." and give him a chance to move on, that would be at least SLIGHTLY more acceptable. Still, even then.

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@Gracie-Oh, how neat! CAN I READ IT PRETTY PLEASE? *prepared to beg*

Yes. Insta-love. BLAH. I mean, SOMETIMES it works, but it has to be REALLY well done. In fact, there would probably have to be forces at work for me to be convinced. In which case it probably wouldn't be true love. Razz
Get a different dust jacket for it and then give it to him! Very Happy
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Post  Alyssa on Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:10 pm

A different dust jacket.. hm... that could work!
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Post  Constance on Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:11 pm

Might I suggest these if you have not yet seen them?
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Post  Alyssa on Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:15 pm

Oh! I have seen those! I totally forgot about them! They're so awesome. YES that just might work.
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Post  Constance on Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:16 pm

Good luck on your mission. Very Happy
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Post  Sarah on Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:47 pm

@Gracie I had the same problem with my brother except it was a different book (can't remember which) I just took the book cover off and told him to read it haha, I don't know if that would help in this situation, but if not I love Constance's idea! I've never heard of it before.

@Constance I so agree! That's exactly what bothers me! It's so easy to say "Hey I like the other guy better" but instead they string them along.
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Post  Constance on Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:51 am

I thought of just telling her to take the book cover off....but then where would be the fun in that? Razz

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Post  Sarah on Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:39 pm

I like your idea better anyway Smile

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Post  Maggie on Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:28 pm

Constance wrote:@Sarah-Yes. Yes yes yes. It's the stringing along that REALLY gets me. If she would just flat-out tell one of them, "Hey, I don't like you as much as this guy." and give him a chance to move on, that would be at least SLIGHTLY more acceptable. Still, even then.

^^^ THIS. I SO AGREE, it isn't even funny!

And @Sarah, that's brilliant! Very Happy I never even thought about that. Though I'm not sure my bro would read it anyway. *shrug* I have difficult brothers.

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Post  Sarah on Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:40 pm

@Maggie Thanks Smile My brother can be difficult but we're pretty close so if he can tell that I really want him to do something, even if it's just read a book, he'll do it for me Smile He's awesome like that.
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Post  Maggie on Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:37 pm

Sarah wrote:@Maggie Thanks Smile My brother can be difficult but we're pretty close so if he can tell that I really want him to do something, even if it's just read a book, he'll do it for me Smile He's awesome like that.

That's awesome. I remember you telling me lots about him before! He sounds super cool-- especially because he reads your work! XD My older bro should take lessons from him or something. Hah! JK. (Half.)

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Post  Sarah on Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:02 pm

@Maggie LOL! He is super cool Smile I think you mentioned that your brother wasn't a big reader but it might make a little bit of a difference that you are so close to your sister. Me and my sister have a four year age gap so I was alway close to my brother since there's only three of us.
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Post  Maggie on Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:43 am

Oh yeah. I remember that! Smile It's true, I am close to my sister, but she doesn't read, either. Even less than my brother. So... *shrug*

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Post  Sarah on Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:55 pm

That's like my siblings, they don't read anything unless I bug them too haha. Except strangely enough my brother has randomly decided he wants to read all the classics this summer... He's weird like that.
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Post  Maggie on Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:54 pm

Haha, the classics!? Good luck to him! Maybe if he gets tired of it, but still has the reading bug, you can start pulling out awesome recommendations. XD

I wish I could bug my siblings into reading. My sister finally picked up Hunger Games this summer (and not because I recommended it! Nooo, it was because everyone else was talking about it! *facepalm*) and hasn't even finished it yet. O_O

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