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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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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 5:22:49 AM PDT
I'm a bit late to the party here -and slightly on the defensive ;) but, surely if someone is clubbed to death with a pickaxe handle (or indeed a pickaxe head), that's a brutal murder, whereas, to my mind at at least, a slow poisoning by the gradual addition of arsenic to a victim's dessert of apple and rhubarb crumble is not actually brutal, any more then spiking a saline drip with a lethal amount morphine?

Indeed arguably both could be tender, gentle, comfortable and considerate - although of course I do accept that neither are strictly legal, and when administered in non-consensually, both constitute the height of bad manners...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 5:29:23 AM PDT
The only reason why I would have a character wake up is when he wakes from a coma. But anything else, I find, is totally ridiculous. It's my opinion, of course. But when I read a sample and it starts with waking up or the bloody weather, I'll most probably pass. Unless it's a premise that REALLY attracts me.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 5:32:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 5:33:14 AM PDT
'brutally murdered against their will'

Um, apart from those who are suicidal, I'd say that's always the case. So I suggest to get rid of 'against their will'.

:-)

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 5:39:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 5:41:44 AM PDT
Ian Fraser says:
I rather liked the 'as the floor drops away for the townspeople of Clicheville...' It has that certain hallucinogenic quality that only the Earnest Scribblers can achieve. Everyone else in the world understands that when the floor drops away, people fall into cellars.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 7:06:08 AM PDT
And the cover MUST include loads of eye candy for both sexes...with added blood.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 7:18:00 AM PDT
Jim Webster says:
and be embossed and in bright colours, with the title in silver letters

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 7:50:42 AM PDT
Alina says:
James, I am in no way debating the delicatesse of methods of murder, merely pointing out that few people are murdered in novels, crime shows, on the news, without the adjective "brutally" being applied.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 7:53:09 AM PDT
Alina says:
Stella, the point of the exercise is to showcase stereotypical writing, so I think that, at the end of the day, he should include more cliches.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 8:07:34 AM PDT
Alina says:
I think the only thing you're missing is Max Bloode's female assistant (say, a reporter on the local newspaper who often drops by his late night cafe) who has full but perky breasts and whom Max rubs up the wrong way while she's juggling the demands of a career woman. Also she has to have a cat and a mother who worries about why she isn't married and she has to be named something like Chastity McFoxy.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 8:09:00 AM PDT
Jim Webster says:
is 'brutally murdered' a media cliche as opposed to an authors cliche?
Do 'characters' use the phrase because they've read it in the papers?

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 8:11:00 AM PDT
"lost in each other's arms"(...or eyes) and the absolute most cringe-inducing "love will keep us alive" The word "loin" should only be used in cook books I think.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 8:20:04 AM PDT
Alina says:
Yes, I'd say that's a fair point, Jim, I more frequently encounter the irritation of hearing that someone has been brutally murdered on tv than in books. However there are no other adverbs that are routinely used when discussing murder - callously murdered, maybe - but seriously, what other descriptor does anyone ever apply to someone being murdered than "brutally".

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 8:27:45 AM PDT
Miss M says:
True brilliance Cobra N!
Had me gasping in shocked disbelief from the get-go.

Might I humbly suggest the only thing missing is a mash-up quote?

"Where the Wild Things Are meeets Fifty Shades of Gray!"

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 8:28:56 AM PDT
Wendy Lee says:
Oh my goodness...
this blurb could be used generically for a multitude of books out there...
Wow! Well-done!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 8:31:07 AM PDT
Miss M says:
Yes - the two-page kind, top part is all glossy/sexy; underneath, the lengthy list of log-rolling quotes from everyone the author's ever played golf with....

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 8:32:17 AM PDT
Miss M says:
"senselessly murdered" ?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 8:35:53 AM PDT
Jim Webster says:
Imaginatively murdered?
decoratively murdered?

back to reality I'm sure I've seen 'pointlessly murdered' which makes it sound like the journalist did a cost/benefit analysis

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 8:46:48 AM PDT
Cobra N says:
Yes, the female assistant, brilliant!

Thing is, now I feel I actually have to write something, at least have a go at the worlds most cliched short story!

Keep them coming, I'll keep and eye on things and see what I can come up with!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:12:29 AM PDT
Jim Webster says:
well seeing as we've designed the cover and everything you can hardly not write it now.
I'm a bit worried that so far no one seems to be ex-special forces, and almost certainly someone will have to carry "their .50 Magnum 'Desert Eagle' semi automatic, gas operated, locked breech weapon which has a stationary barrel with polygonal rifling."

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:16:59 AM PDT
Hmmm... But what other phrase would you use for someone who is beaten up and killed? Surely it is a term which defines the type of killing, in much the same way as 'homicide' and 'manslaughter'?

Maybe its just overused because there's so much of a taste for gory crimes?!

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 9:36:02 AM PDT
I personally feel that it is ill-mannered and a sign of poor breeding not to off your vicitim with a modicum of decorum and gentility.

Maybe it's a colonial thing, all this rushing about and so on.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:39:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 9:40:50 AM PDT
Oh, oops, sorry. haha. That I didn't see.

In that case: thumbs up and well done.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:40:00 AM PDT
Jim Webster says:
true enough, a gentleman would merely have his servants deal with the matter, with the minimum of fuss, the body delivered to the funeral director of the deceased's choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:56:12 AM PDT
Are you going to call it "Vampires Suck"?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 10:14:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 10:15:27 AM PDT
Wendy Lee says:
Please do Cobra, I can't wait to hear the title!!
of course, the hero and the female assistant have to hate each
other at first, and then slam, they are madly in lust, oops I mean love.
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