Last night, doing my daily 20 minute drive to my house, I looked up to the moon and saw a huge grouping of Cirrus and Altostratus clouds blocking part of the moon.
As I looked at these clouds I noticed they kind of made the shape of a Giant Tree seeming to hold the moon in its branches.
But I digress, What I’m trying to get at is that seeing that inspired me to want to put a big ass tree in a forest somewhere. Then that small bugging feeling hit me, and I thought those words that I hate hearing…
“That is not original… That is a Cliche…”
I mean what to call it?
Tree of Life? Tree of the Ancients? Life’s First?
Next it will talk and command the elves. Some villain somewhere in history will want to burn or cut it down…
Ugh… It just screams cliche!
It’s like orc barbarians, dwarf blacksmiths, and fat innkeepers.
I just feel somethings shouldn’t be overused, and while some things seem like great ideas I just am bothered by the fact it will be compared to something. I know I’m supposed to ” Make it my own.” But some cliches seem like they’ve been “made someone’s” so much they’re impossible to use.
Anyone else bothered by huge cliches in fantasy games, novels, or movies?
Even better question anyone hate using or running into cliches in tabletop games or writing?
I guess it’s just a peeve of mine.