Wednesday, 7 October 2015

GUEST POST: Why We Secretly Love Clichés

Do you secretly love clichés? There's actually a scientific reason behind it, and so I'm welcoming anonymous book blogger Teen Book Reviewer to explain. 

We all know the feeling. You're reading a book, getting used to the main characters. All is going well, so far so good, but then... BAM! A cliché hits you like a train. Something about a character, the plot... it doesn't matter. You hate it, right?


Nope. Wrong. I hate to tell you this, but secretly, you love clichés.

Yup. That's right. I went there. You love clichés. 

Why, you ask? Well, science has the answer. A brilliant article explains that we love to hate.

You see, the article states that "this 'joy in hostility' is rooted in the animal side of human nature we seek to suppress". It is more obviously present in human relationships. The article asks that, if you had the opportunity to change a bad relationship with the person you most hate into a good one, would you really want to? Apparently a lot of people wouldn't. 

We need to hate something. Not only does it give us common ground with those in our social circles (almost everyone will say that they hate clichés) but it gives us a stronger sense of self. It makes us feel more confident. 

Clichés also give a sense of comfort- the repetitiveness of clichés provides us with a sense of security; they feel constant and familiar.

So, that's it. Today's revelation: you secretly like clichés.

Yes, most of the time when you see a cliché you genuinely don't like it - clichés are repetitive, etc. But a part of you, somewhere, secretly likes it.  Don't deny it.   

Try it out - next time you read a cliché, or find a book full of clichés, see how you feel.  

What do you think about clichés? Do you secretly love them, too?

Teenbookreviewer is an anonymous UK blogger at They have been blogging for two years, but became serious about blogging less than a year ago and so are celebrating Teenage Bookworm Reviewing's first year in September. Their favourite ice-cream is cookies n' cream, and they also clearly think that a person's favourite ice-cream flavour is the most important thing about a person.


  1. yeah man, I love cliches. I love knowing how something is going to play out -- especially in contemporary novels. Fake Relationship Tropes are A++ and I'm so chill with love triangles it ain't even funny. I'm all for this post!

    Jamie @ Books and Ladders

  2. Yay! Thanks for posting it :) It feels great to see it up there :) I'll put a link to it on my blog now and do a little Tweeting

  3. when i see a cliche, i outright roll my eyes and say i hate it but in reality im a sucker for them and secretly love them so yes this post is very accurate lol

    isha @ two sisters bloggin'


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