CIMG4243 Glen Cook in the hallway, talking with readers at the World Fantasy Convention 2006 after the “It’s Not A Cliché… Yet” panel
Read more about the “It’s Not A Cliché… Yet” panel in my blog post.
What it was about:
- The plight of famous authors, such as Shakespeare and J. R. R. Tolkien: creating imagery so powerful that it captures public imagination for centuries, inspiring thousands of imitators, has an ironic consequence.
- What fantasy cliche annoys writers and editors the most?
- Is it always necessary to try to avoid cliches? Can they be used deliberately?
- When is cliche not a cliche, but a useful shorthand? As much as cliches are ridiculed, don’t readers — and by extension, editors — secretly want them?
World Fantasy Convention 2006 took place in Austin, Texas, November 2-5, 2006.