80 Post Challenge – Post 74

What is your favourite cliché?

As I thought about this, I found that I disagreed, with myself, over what a cliché is. At first I decided it was a phrase that has been overdone to the point of irritation, then I decided that it might not be phrase but an idea. For example… vampires tortured by the return of their soul has become a cliché in my opinion. I first encountered it in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and it has popped up over and over again since then. Another cliché would be someone glancing out the window and saying ‘its raining cats and dogs.’ A phrase everybody knows the meaning of, but has been overused to the point that people make jokes of it, or are just plain sick of it.

With that in mind, I’ve decided that my favourite cliché – if I can say such a thing – is the phrase; ‘Nothing is certain but death and taxes.
death and taxes comic, two doors

There is something so wonderfully bleak about the phrase that it appeals to me in a way that I can’t describe… although I’m going to try! 😉

Death… certainly inevitable and for some, the source of great fear. Taxes… perhaps avoidable for a short while, but, as Jimmy Carr found out, once you get caught its an unpleasant business for all concerned. Better just to pay and be done with the matter.

A great cliché to my mind because its true and because everyone can relate to it in some way or another. It will always be relevant, always have its place and that is why I enjoy it.

My 80 Post Challenge is brought to you with help from Tom Slatin’s 80 Journal Writing Prompts.

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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2 Responses to 80 Post Challenge – Post 74

  1. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!


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