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bruh… *sweats nervously* I’m definitely not the best person to answer this one… But I can totally try??
From my point of view, clichés are essentially boring and overdone tropes/archetypes created by authors.
Uh, let me give you an example: The Main character is a girl who’s ‘not like the other girls’ but it’s conventionally attractive by european standarts; white skin, with blue/green eyes (sometimes hazel) , ‘don’t like wearing makeup /mocks ladies who wear makeup and tan, ‘awkward’ but not - that - much because her akwardness is supposed to be ‘cute’, especially to the eyes of her love interest.
She claims to be ‘different’ from the other girls and has a dream of having a peaceful life, but then boom, something ‘extraordinary’ (a disaster or something magical) happens and her life changes forever.
(*using Bella for a standart of ‘appearance in YA novels’)
I’m sure you’ve read this trope a lot of times, especially in YA novels. Basically I don’t even need to point out names, ‘cause you probably thought about at least 4 titles with the same premise.
Let’s go to another example then: The Main character is a man who’s lost everything ( family, money or a beloved one) and his whole story is developted from this point; hence his ”manpain’.
The guy is also attractive, usually white, blue/green eyes and is someone who constantly looks for revenge/ redemption arch.
Sometimes this main thinks he’s ordinary until the disaster happens and suddenly he has the task to save the universe or his country/city.
During his development, he can lose a thing or two that might add some more mainpain to his backstory in order to make the audience feel ‘sorry’ for him and at some point root for his victory.
Oh, hey Derek Hale! Is that you?? (lol) I’m also sure you all have seen the exact same background history for at least more than 30 different characters from books to movies and comics alike.
"Hey Vicky, what about the unnatractive and super good main character who loves everyone and has minimal flaws. - Oh, so you want to talk about super predictable main character? Let’s do it!
Imagine a main character who’s pure at heart, always good to everyone and not ‘very attractive (on their own opinion). Usually they hope for the best and are bound to be good, but these characteristics can fall - very easily- into the ‘chosen one’ trope, which is one the most overused clichés known in the whole history of literature.
(only using madoka as a poster for chosen ones; she does get developted later in the series)
These characters are quite fun, mostly because they are written in a way so the crowd can identify with them and root for them, but if the author ignores the whole character development thing and avoids making their characters round, said characters can soon become annoying and boring to the audience.
HOW CAN I MAKE IT DIFFERENT, THEN?
Well, I just said it, didn’t I? Try to avoid these saturated troops that had been recycled for years by now. I’m really not saying that these troops are awful, but try to break them down a bit? I know it’s tempting to go and write a concept that your brain already associated as norm, but try to think different for a change?
Break the norms. Is there anything about overused troops that bother you? Is there anything about these troops that you, personally would change? Go for it, then.
Avoid stereotypes if you can: The ‘chosen one who can never do wrong’ troop, white until proved black (writing everyone in your book as white by default, adding one or two characters of color as token characters) , white saviour complex ( Daenerys, anyone?) , strong independent woman who need no men, woman who hate other women and try to make sound like she’s better than them just because she doesn’t wear makeup, dehumanizing people of color, ‘othering’ people of color, and so on.
These are unfortunatelly very popular, especially between YA novels and novels in general. Make sure to break the stereotypes whenever you can.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD CHARACTER?
Well, let’s go for a weak character first, shall we? A weak character is usually flat (static) whereas a strong character is someone who’s is round, well developted and overall realistic.
(Kieren Walker from ‘In The Flesh’ is one of most well rounded characters from recent series.)
I don’t believe in the concept of bad or good characters, but actually underdevelopted ones and well rounded ones.
Friendly reminder that a character who cries and shows emotions is definitely not weak. What makes a character weak is the writing itself; especially when the writing in question fails to create this connection between character x reality hence character x audience.
We as humans have lots of diferent sides, like little universes of inside of our own. No one is 100% good or 100% evil. Sometimes we are nice,sometimes we are mean; sometimes we love and sometimes we hate, so why don’t make your character like this as well? Keep in mind that your character doesn’t need to be perfect by any means.
Make your main character feel like something real; as if they could exist. It doesn’t matter if they are unicorns who can transform into humans or even a little piece of wood like 'Plank' from ‘Ed, Edd and Eddy. Bring them to life by writing them - round - .
Ugh, I totally suck at this, english is not my main language, but I hope I could help a little?
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