I don’t know about you guys, but every day I grow more and more sick of Pop Culture. It’s this large “General Audience” crafted so companies have a large base to sell to. A developed taste of the times, so people will keep spilling the contents of their wallets to keep up with “What’s in Style”. Paying magazines to stalk celebrities – a sort of weather check of our culture. And once something strikes a cord with the public, Pop Culture will just keep regurgitating it, hoping for more and more money.
Lady Gaga is just a rerun of Madonna. First Auction Hunters, now Storage Wars, first Pawn Stars, then Hard Core Pawn (I’m sure there’s better examples out there, but I don’t watch much television anymore). Writers, you all know how plot lines become “archetypes” – a dignified way of lacking creativity. Sure some things work, but aren’t artists supposed to CREATE. Meaning, make something new? Sure, it’s said every story has already been done, but I don’t want to believe that. At least I want to make something that is told in an original way.
It’s easy to slip into unoriginality, I realized, though. A writer friend of mine once told me “the first thing you come up with is always cliche”. So keep rewriting. Here’s an interesting link I found, and as I read through it I realized I’ve been making some writing mistakes. Falling into the cliche.
It’s Reddit, of course.