Writing Can Be Murder

November 15, 2006

The Cliche I HATE

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 3:50 pm

 I  hate the gay best friend who has no faults and always gives the heroine BRILLIANT advice, that of course she ignores in the beginning, because she’s too stupid to live. Anyway, I’d just read yet another version of Rupert Everett’s character in My Best Friend’s Wedding in a book last week and I wrote to complain about it to my friend Greg. I said:Next week I’m thinking about writing a piece about how I’m sick of the cliche that the heroine’s gay best friend is wise and stable and ALWAYS knows what’s best for her. I mean, why can’t a gay guy be portrayed as being well-intentioned but as screwed up as everyone else?”

AND HE WROTE BACK My experience has been that some straight women who have gay men as their best friends have granted the gay men this wisdom and stability which many times they do not possess other than in the eyes of the women themselves. The relationships traditionally have been non-threatening and non-challenging, therefore no growth.” (needless to say, he’s my wisest gay friend, lol).

When I see this cliché in books or movies, it pulls me out of the story. What about you? What things drive you crazy?

BTW — Angela James of Samhain Publishing had an amusing post on her blog today, about reality interrupting fantasy (it had to do with recycled breath, fruit and yeast infections — just read her blog to understand:  http://nicemommy-evileditor.com/blog/ 



  1. Gasp! All gay men are NOT brilliant?? I’m so disillusioned.

    The cliché I hate is the shopping thing. Not all women like to shop, and why do they always have to shop for shoes? Why can’t they shop for crystal hummingbirds for a change?

    Comment by Kate Perry — November 16, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

  2. I had a reply all typed up and I lost it…argh. Mostly I was heartily agreeing with you.

    I also read Angela’s blog. I feel the same way about recycled air and reality intruding on fantasy! I blogged about the same concept a few days ago after watching the mis-season cliff hanger of LOST.


    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — November 17, 2006 @ 12:30 pm

  3. Kate — I don’t like the shopping cliche either. Why can’t women be shopping for office supplies?!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 20, 2006 @ 8:42 am

  4. Jennifer

    Didn’t see Lost but I’ll take your word for it!!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 20, 2006 @ 8:42 am

  5. Oooohhh–pens… And binder clips! Oh yeah baby.

    Comment by Kate Perry — November 21, 2006 @ 1:46 pm

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