Many people are allergic to cliche stories; however, most of the time all we get are cliche stories. This is especially true with romance—a good girl falling hopelessly in love with a bad boy, a rich man falling for a poor woman, a billionaire and his secretary, a gangster—don’t make me start with a gangster! After “She’s dating the gangster!” hit Philippine cinemas in July 2014, Wattpad, a community of writers and readers, has been flooded by a million other titles involving a gangster. Talking about cliche stories!
I wish I could say I don’t write cliche stories, but I do. Cliche stories are not outright bad. In fact, one cannot avoid writing a story with an overused plot because in real life the same thing happens again and again. The only problem with cliche stories is if the writer does not add anything new to the story line.
When I started writing my most popular Wattpad novel, Perfect Stranger, I kind of cringed at the thought that I was just repeating a cliche plot – a girl got pregnant out of wedlock and the only thing she remembers about her babies’ father is the unsual tattoo on his arm. I knew, as soon as I started the story that it was no different from the other novels written before it of the same theme, but I went on with it because as cliche as it sounded, many readers were instantly hooked on it as soon as they read the story’s description. Because I knew I used a cliche plot, I tried to introduce the couple’s naughty twins to give the story some flavor. I think, modesty aside, the inclusion of the twins and how they relate to the characters in the story gave the plot a little twist.
To sum up, cliche stories in romance are not at all bad for as long as writers give them a new flavor.