This weekend I decided to relax a bit and watch TV. Now, I’m not too fond of TV, but when I find a good show or movie, I enjoy the visual entrainment. From the title of this blog post, I’m sure you already have an idea of what I’m going to discuss.
That’s right, Young Adult Clichés!!!
Personally, I like young adult books, but the standard storylines are starting to bore me. With my free time, I watched The Maze Runner.
Yes, you read that right, The Maze Runner. I started the book a while ago, but I never got a chance to finish it. And after watching the movie, I’m glad I made the right decision. This movie had every young adult cliché I’ve seen.
- The chosen one – or so it seems
- The mysterious girl who is the love interest
- The young kid who looks up to the protagonist
- The one kid in the group that doesn’t like the protagonist
- The wise person of the group who tells the protagonist they are different
- The evil, older adults – (all adults are evil, well not all, just most)
- The sidekick who tells the protagonist they have to keep going
- The world has been destroyed or taken over by something
- The protagonist that figures out all the puzzles
Alas, while I did enjoy the movie, I just couldn’t help but point out all these clichés. Honestly, I know young adult is a hot seller right now, but all these same plotlines are getting annoying. My only young adult book is 9/Nine Realms, and even then the characters are in their early 20s (different aging system).
I wish new adult books or adult books would pick up more popularity. Clash of Tides is a new adult book and one I’m hoping to publish one day. I know everything has been done before, but hopefully, somewhere, a writer out there is coming up with new ideas.
What are your thoughts on these cliches?