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Twitter Users Ponder Their Favorite Plot Cliches

By Petr Navovy | Social Media | August 11, 2022 |

By Petr Navovy | Social Media | August 11, 2022 |


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Somewhere back in the mists of time, in—*checks notes*—five years ago?!—I wrote a little thing about how much I love the masterpiece that is Die Hard With A Vengeance. If I remember correctly, the thing that finally got me write the piece was my remembering—again, for the thousandth time—how much I adore the little moment that Bruce Willis’ John McClane confronts the surly, mega-NY kid riding his bike after shoplifting some sweets. It’s the moment that the penny drops for McClane as to what might actually be going on while he and Samuel L. Jackson’s Zeus are being led on their merry little goose chase around the city. It’s a truly beautiful little moment, played and directed perfectly, and it remains one of my favourite ever examples of one my favourite ever plot cliches. There’s something about penny drop moments—particularly when they involve a character realising something that the audience already knows—that just gets me every single damn time. Quite often here I gently take the piss out of plot contrivances and lame tropes, but the flip side of that is that tropes and cliches are not always a bad thing. If done well, they can be immensely satisfying storytelling tools and a source of great enjoyment. Twitter pondered this the other day when its users thought about their favourite plot cliches. You can follow the rabbit hole down here:



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