Can a Ravishingly Beautiful Girl Beat Cliches?

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 Lauren's comment on Foster chapter 19 and 20 really made me consider the capabilities of an author not to use clichés.  At first, my natural instinct was to think that was ridiculous.  I felt that authors need to use clichés and that they should not switch things around or they would not be able correctly to convey to the reader what they meant.  I agreed with her that it can get boring when writers stick to clichés, but I also believed it would be hard for an author to break away from the audience’s preconceptions and still get the meaning across.  I thought for example, that if you are trying to describe a pretty girl, like Shakespeare was, that describing them as autumn would not immediately bring to mind a ravishingly beautiful girl.  Yet, as I reconsidered the value of breaking away from the clichés I began to see that it could still be effective.  For example, the author could describe the girl as being as magnificent as the golden foliage of autumn.  I think this works pretty well to get the meaning across.  I realized it is more that the author needs to be aware of people’s preconceptions, so as not to confuse his/her readers and not a matter of sticking to these preconceived ideas. 

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