Monday, August 27, 2012

The Most Cliched Sentence Known To YA

Guys, I want you to tell me something. How many times have you read THIS:
It was so wrong, but it felt so right.
Probably a lot, right?

I swear every time I read a paranormal or bad-boy book (meaning a contemporary featuring, you guessed it, a bad boy) and it's gotten to the point where glancing at the sentence makes me gag a little. Because I have read it a LOT. And I didn't originally like it. Now I absolutely HATE it. I LOATHE it. I ABHOR it. Every time I happen to come across it I make this face:

Here is why.

1: It is so. over-used. Sweet Kevin Bacon guys, I swear this sentence is not only in YA, but in movies, tv shows...I feel like everywhere I turn, BAM the horrible sentence is assaulting my eyes. You know what happens when a sentence gets over-used? You're supposed to STOP USING IT. Remember when that song Bad Day came out, and every radio station everywhere was playing it to the point that we were like, "STOP! GIVE US SOMETHING ELSE." Do you ever hear Bad Day on the radio anymore? NOPE. And there's a reason for that (well, besides it being a crappy song).

2. It is probably one of the cheesiest things I've ever read. No, really people, go read it again. Go. Look. Look at all the cheese oozing from that. I am allergic to dairy and cannot handle the amount of cheese gushing from this sentence.

3. Show me it's right, don't tell me. I feel like this is one of those sentences that is trying to convince me of a romance that isn't there. It doesn't feel believable or romantic or anything it's meant to be; it feels cheap and forced. I feel like as soon as an editor reads that line, they should be scribbling over it with their red pen.

Also, publishers: Don't use it as a tagline.

Pushing The Limits. Luckily that line wasn't in the book. Trust me. I would've noticed.

That sentence is bad, m'kay?


  1. I agree that sentence is way over done and has been for many many years.

  2. I agree that sentence is way over done and has been for many many years.

  3. I hate it too. SO cliche. And the worst part, it convinces young girls that Mr. Bad is Mr. Right which is usually SO NOT true.

  4. Yeah, I always roll my eyes whenever I see that line or a variation of it. So annoying!

  5. I hate that! Also, "flipping stomachs" and "drinking him in". Ugh. I hate that.


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