Saturday, July 27, 2013

To be or not to be a Cliche`?

                     To be or not to be a Cliche`?


Cliche`. What exactly is the meaning of this word? Google- A cliché or cliche  is an expression, or an element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning, or effect, and even, to the point  of being irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel.
Now most would not even know the actual meaning, and the meaning I've just given makes no sense either. So let me just explain what it mean its simpler terms- It is a french word, the past participle of clicher. A predictable occurrence, a stereotype which actually ends up to be annoying to most of the general public. 
Now lets come back to our topic- To be or not to be a cliche`?
You know when your are sitting in a movie theatre and watching a rom-com, a romance or even a horror; and when the movie finally ends irrelevant of the movie being good or bad, you will sometime or the other comment- 'Oh my, that was such a cliched ending.' 
Yes, most of the movies do have the most stereotype kind of ending where the hero and the heroin may be seem be apart from each other and finally in the end, the hero or the heroin declare their never ending love for each other in the most cheesiest way possible and Disney's depiction of the famous lines - "And they lived happily ever after." Most people would go like- Why is it that the hero always gets his girl? Or the protagonist always gets the life they want or the goals and success they always wanted to achieve? This movie has such a predictable storyline, I don't even know why I sat through the full film. I think you and I both know that deep inside, there is a reason why we wanted to watch that film, deep down, even if our stubbornness gets the better of us; there is always a reason why you actually took the efforts of buying that movie ticket and spend like 2 hours of your day watching that specific film. 
We may not know it, but deep down, however cynical we may think ourselves to be, we wait just for the ending. Where the hero, finally gets his girl or the the protagonist does not die and fights his way back or finally achieves what the whole point of the movies storyline is. Maybe because in real life, things never happen the way we want. We never are given the things we ask for or wish for on a sliver platter- even after working all your life to achieve that wish and going through all trials and tribulations. When life refuses to give us our much earned fruits, that's when we want to escape. And what's the best way other than watching a movie, empathising with the protagonist's pain and you understand the problems the hero goes through and as the storyline progress you connect with the hero and when the totally over rated 'happily ever after' finale arrives and the hero finally gets his earnest wish, maybe in that bubble you have created in the movie theatre, pretending to be the character you feel a sense of happiness and accomplishment which you may have not experienced in your life, and maybe that's the only reason you sit there for 2 hours in your very own bubble. Movies are of all kinds and all types of cliched movies are made. But yet again, it's only a matter of personal choice and thinking of one. But I can guarantee that everyone is in search of their happy ever after, it's all a matter of faith and destiny, a game of this thing we can life, in hopes of finding our true selves. Maybe, that's why we made clichés. To give us that brief assurance that all will have our very own happy endings, we just have to keep faith and trust ourselves and our hearts. At the end of the day, it's doesn't matter if get or don't get our earnest wishes. What matters is the journey and the search for our very own clichéd ending and I hope with all my heart that everyone gets their perfect Disney ending. I sure wish my life had a cliché ending. No, not the ones you see in these films but my very own cliched ending. So I don't think to be a cliché who be the worst thing in the world! Like Gossip Girl once quoted 'We make our own fairytales." And I can't wait to make mine.