Today's question: What are your favorite literary cliches?
The 9-5 job is (again) kicking my ass, so I only had time to think up one-- The Bad Boy.
I've been intrigued with the bad boy since the world got introduced to Dylan Mckay back when pegging your jeans was still in style*. They're mysterious, potentially dangerous, and everyone judges them based off of a few key facts or rumors. What people don't know is that even they externally scream "BAMF!" they have a heart of gold.
In order to be a Bad Boy, the character should have one or more of the following characteristics:
- Rides a motorcycle
- Has a dysfunctional family where at least one parent has a drinking problem
- Smolders. A lot.
- Has anger issues
- Detention or suspension is a constant
- Has a substance abuse problem
- Runs with a "bad crowd"
- His reputation precedes him
Of course, while some boys have these traits and no redeeming qualities,** most have something to make us root for them and hope the girl and him do hook up. A few examples of this:
- Dylan and Brenda ***
- Patrick Verona and Kat
- Elena and Damon
Don't forget to stop by YA Highway to see what the other participants picked as their favorite cliche!
* I'm sure there were earlier ones, but this is the first one that stuck with me.
** Therefore, really being a BAMF.
*** Though Brenda was equally bad-girlish in her own right.
Last.fm hit of the day: Everything Ends by Slipknot