Stuck! screenwriting book author lampoons top ten film cliches



so in my book stuck learn to love you screenplay again I have a chapter on what we call conventions and cliches conventions are things that you find that are common to certain genres of scripts so for instance in the horror film script you always have that where you think that blonde sir is dead and he pops up one more time at the end and that's a convention of horror films right so what happens though is the like that example 4 is perfect if they get used so many times they become a cliche so just for fun I listed a hundred things you'd never know without two movies and I'm gonna read the first ten so number one is during all police investigations it'll be necessary to visit a strip joint at least once number two if being chased through the city you can usually take cover in a passing st. Patrick's Day parade at any time of year number three the ventilation system of any building is the ideal hiding place because no one will ever think of looking for you in there and you can crawl to any part of the building it has what we seen that number four you're likely to survive any battle in a war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a photo of your sweetheart back home then you're a red shirt number five if your resort town is threatened by an imminent natural disaster or killer beast the mayor's first concern will be tourism six all single women owned a cat sorry number seven a man will show no pain while taking the most hellacious beating but will wince like a baby when a woman tries to clean his wounds number eight when paying for a taxicab don't look at your wallet as you take out a bill just grab one at random it'll always be the exact fare and throw it at the cab drivers you're running away number nine loft style apartments in New York City are well within the means of most people whether they're employed or not and ten kitchens don't have light switches when entering at night you should just open the refrigerator door and use that light instead see Matlock anyway there's ninety more of those if you're interested there in the book

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