Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday

Welcome to another YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday!


Today's topic: What's your favorite literary cliché?


 It was a dark and stormy night.  The wind ripped through the trees, and the rain pounded on the ground in a deafening roar.  Stephan ran through the musical rain with the smell of grass dancing on the air.  Something was after him -- a predator, a beast.  The night was so dark it was like Stephen had been lowered into a vat of shiny, black ink.  As he ran, his fear increased, his heart dancing in his chest.  Then he was falling through the air, limbs flailing for purchase on something solid.

When he woke, he was in bed.  Stephan yawned and stretched, not remembering what had brought him out of such a deep sleep.


Hehe.  Can you find all the cliches?

10 comments:

LTM said...

love the whole "it was all a dream" cliche.

actually I hate it, and I'm always nervous when I sense this is what's coming... :D

Pam Harris said...

LOL! This is an instant bestseller. :)

Holly Dodson said...

@Pam, it's totally a masterpiece. You can't deny my genius. LOL

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Yes, the whole "begin with a dream chase" thing is still very popular...I do feel sorry for supernatural writers whose books are about dreams...how do they start their books w/o being cliche?

Erinn said...

Oh the whole dream thing is awful. Or the character describing how they look while fixing their hair in the morning while looking into a mirror!

Alicia Gregoire said...

I love this!!! Great way to road trip!

KO said...

You had me at: "smell of grass dancing in the air."

Abby Stevens said...

Absolutely, irrefutable genuis, Holly.

Nice take on the RTW topic. :)

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I personally love that English teachers are usually complete and utter "hot messes" in YA lit. So not true! Every kid knows we're the coolest!

Michelle Schusterman said...

Yes yes yes. If my characters want me awake at the start of their story, so must they be. ;)