Does the fantasy novel you’re working on avoid the typical writing cliches? Compare your novel against the following Web sites:
- Grand List of Fantasy Cliches
- Risus Fantasy Cliches
- The Fantasy Cliche Meter (The Good Guys)
- The Fantasy Cliche Meter (The Bad Guys)
Granted, the Web sites are not aesthetically pleasing, but it’s still fun to go through the checklist and see how your fantasy novel matches up.
I guess a question that comes out of all this is: does it really matter if your novel uses some of these cliches? Will that make it any less successful?