Why is every FBI agent a pretentious, self-important clod?
Why do hookers always have hearts of gold?
Why are sidekicks usually of a minority group and then, because of whatever minority group they are from, they have special powers, insights or spiritual sensibilities?
These are cliches. They are a sign of lazy, unimaginative writing. Cliches are boring and they are a sign that you are phoning in your work.
Next time you’re writing twist things around. Make the FBI agent a reggae fan, the hooker a needlepoint expert, give your sidekick a girlfriend and make him a white, middle-aged guy and make the computer guy, well, normal.
The characters will take on new dimensions and you’ll challenge your readers to think.
And that’s the goal, right?
Hre’s a great website on cliches www.moviecliches.com