Cliched Characters and Overused Plots Devices

The Ink Screen

Today we consider character types that have been overused over the years to become cliches and it would be best to avoid them in your own stories. These cliches apply more to television and movies rather than books, but either way, it’s best to beware of them.

  • Girl disguised as a boy

This plot device has been used many times over the years, from the Disney adaptation of the Chinese myth Mulan, to the character of Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. In these cases, the girl has had to disguise herself as a man in order to protect the ones she loves, or to protect herself, and somehow for most of the story, no one realises her real identity. This has been very popular in Asian dramas in the last decade, with three adaptations of basically the same plot line – Hana Kimi (originally Japanese) in which a girl disguises…

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