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Are there any phrases that you find so cliche you roll your eyes and almost stop reading?


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Posted on Apr 26, 2012 10:23:20 AM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
Vampires, zombies, and werewolves, oh my! Might be due to my advanced age, but I'm just not interested in books about them! I do enjoy the old horror films though (from the 50's). They don't show those on TV much, anymore.........

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 10:37:37 AM PDT
*applause*

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 10:52:51 AM PDT
Imdette says:
Any mystery that involves a sleuth who has an occupation other than law enforcement. I love mysteries (preferably ones written during the Golden Age) and have a great affection for little old spinsters who seek the truth while knitting a rocking chair or Belgian detectives solving crimes with their little gray cells. But save me from the tea shop owners, librarians, cat and dog owners, chefs, hotel/inn keepers, and so on who for some reason not only get involved in solving murder, but convince the local constabulary to work with them. And why has no one asked why people keep dropping dead around these people.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 11:25:07 AM PDT
JAScribbles says:
Limpid...?? That's just wrong.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 1:28:53 PM PDT
I hate HATE the term: making love. Even worse: making sweet love.

I also can't stand when a book starts with a character waking up or with the weather. Drives me nuts.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 1:34:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2012 1:35:44 PM PDT
Jim Webster says:
Because I was always told that a book should start with something happening immediately, I tend to avoid the 'waking up' issue in my own work, althrough I can see how I could use it, but only because half a paragraph of slowly waking up would be nice to set against the next three or four paragraphs of violent action that the character wakes up into. (actually you could have the character killed four paragraphs in and the rest of the book is the unwinding of their death, consequences, vengence, justice, whatever. or is this too done to death)
Weather? You're right, only Snoopy could start a book 'it was a dark and stormy night' with any sort of success

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 2:05:16 PM PDT
Well, crap, I've got magic in mine (sort of particle physics type stuff). But thankfully no elves, vampires, trolls, etc... just demonic bats. Well, one.

That was way too close. How about vapid? Is that used to the extreme? Fleeting glimpse... yeah, that one too. I do like glower, because it can fit... just not excessively. How about emerald green eyes?
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 2:07:39 PM PDT
Jim, Jim, Jim. You are only saying that because you know that my second book starts in a storm...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 2:19:47 PM PDT
Jim Webster says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 2:21:50 PM PDT
Jim Webster says:
If everyone didn't have magic, then mine wouldn't be different would it ;-)
But demonic bats sound cool, and just having one shows admirable restraint.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 2:43:18 PM PDT
I do like the idea of a demonic bat.

We had one come in the house last year, and it got heavily cursed...

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 2:46:46 PM PDT
I hope you didn't touch it though - the Batty Protection people would be on to you like a shot!

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 3:10:28 PM PDT
I didn't touch it, because the damn thing moved so fast that it evaded all efforts at capture. The retrievers were barking, and leaping all over the show in a vain attempt to bring about its early demise. The girls huddled in a heap yelling in fear. (Or was the other way round? MY memory. honest.
Eventually it sought sanctuary in a Bat Cave ( youngest daughter's room,) from whence it fled through an open window....

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 3:12:22 PM PDT
F. Brooks says:
One Iris Johansen book used the word stiffened 74 times. Yes, I counted them.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 3:27:23 PM PDT
with a heavy heart.. I detest that phrase.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 3:30:34 PM PDT
LOL - have a friend who once started inventing a mystery featuring my cat (via email), thinking he had come up with some new niche. He didn't understand how far behind the times he was so I looked up a few choice samples/Amazon links and sent them to him - my Amazon recommendations have never been the same since...The cheese shop murder series was particularly eye-opening - some excellent titles there. Clobbered by Camembert, anyone?
(Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Re amateur detectives and dead people dropping like flies - some enterprising publisher needs to come up with a fun map showing the deadliest small-towns in America with a picture of the hapless detective over a bulls-eye & a bodycount underneath...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 3:33:20 PM PDT
Little O/T, but was chuffed to see my recent mention of cock-a-leekie soup in the Splinkerville thread was deleted by Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 3:42:56 PM PDT
They don't sell soup, yet, then?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 3:49:59 PM PDT
That, or the Amazon bots are as unimaginative as I am when it comes to pathetic attempts at innuendo...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 4:56:44 PM PDT
Cphe says:
But they didn't do anything to the self saucing - spotted dick pudding ????
did they Mitford 13

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 6:15:17 PM PDT
every fiber of her being - I hate that one too.
and yes, cliches used by characters when speaking is a different matter, and totally legit.
and there are some cliches I can tolerate. nothing comes immediately to mind though.

I should make a list of these! just because I'm kind of weird like that. I like to make lists.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 6:25:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2012 6:25:54 PM PDT
Ha! Well, that *was* in the erotica forum, Cphe... ;0

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 6:32:32 PM PDT
My cliches are all in the one series (which I have to point out, I still keep reading them).
Also, when I see the words "point out", I always imagine the person pointing. I can't help it.

The phrases I absolutely loathe are from Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series:
"gin joint" - the main character's name is Gin. Everywhere she mentions someone unwanted coming to her restaurant, she narrates it as "gin joint".
"get dead" - She is an assassin, yes, but everytime I see this, it makes me want to scream. "Sooner or later, someone is gonna get dead." or "I haven't got dead by waiting patiently". Ugggghhhh

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 7:14:26 PM PDT
Great lists guys! A lot of the ones I was thinking have already been taken--except for "his stormy eyes." How does a guy have stormy eyes? (Unless, perhaps, his eyes are literally stormy--with lightning and clouds coming out--but that would be problematic in entirely new ways)

Luckily, I haven't run across many cliches lately, except ones that I've written myself, which is a habit I'm trying hard to break.

One thing that bugs me almost more than cliches is when an author tries to create a new cliche or idiom. Most of the time it just doesn't work. One that made me gag and nearly made me drop a book was when the narrator in a first-person romance described the first time a certain guy looked at her. She wrote "It felt like," followed by several "new cliches" (or maybe she was trying to write similes), ending with "like a dandelion puff being blown in the wind." What is that supposed to mean? How does that inspire feelings of giddy excitement or chills when a cute guy looks at you?

"He looked at me! Poof! I no longer exist." (If I was the dandelion, I'd probably be screaming in terror as I was torn to shreds)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 9:14:37 PM PDT
"I'm rankled due to your glowering. :-)"

Well, I've stopped glowering because you used rankled, which is a good word. ;)
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