5 Cliches in YA Dystopian Novels That Need to Stop

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My first novel was a YA Dystopian novel, and I think it’s safe to say that the genre is still close to my heart. I can’t get enough of the stories that warn us about the evils of power, corrupt governments, and societies where right and wrong are skewed beyond recognition.

And what do I do when I love something?

Make fun of it, obviously.

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I’m a huge believer in the importance of dystopian stories. It’s the writer’s job to warn us of what our lives could be like if our society travels down the wrong path.

At the same time, though, there are a ton of cliches in this genre that are overused and need to stop.

Dystopian writers and screenwriters everywhere, this one’s for you.

1. The Government is Bad

In our modern world, it seems like everyone who is a functioning member of society hates at least…

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Lady Rougepen Says: Don’t Stack!



One adjective is enough. Stacking them is redundant and unnecessary. What do I mean? Like this:

Eugene caught a big, huge fish.

“I made a dumb, stupid mistake,” Todd sighed.

Calico came to live with me when she was a tiny, little kitten.

The ice cream shop had 31 various, different flavors.

See how much stronger those sentences sound without the superfluous adjectives?

Eugene caught a huge fish.

“I made a stupid mistake,” Todd sighed.

Calico came to live with me when she was a tiny kitten.

The ice cream shop had 31 different flavors.

Just stack your pancakes from now on. Ha!


I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into…

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Book Recommendation: A Gathering of Butterflies


ButterflyGatheringCoverTitle:A Gathering of Butterflies

Author: Sean C. Wright

Genre: Short stories

Length: 121

Only $2.99 in ebook form.Get the book here.

4 tales of steely but vulnerable women of color will melt your heart while lifting your spirits…

A fierce grandmother keeps her grandson from the clutches of Old Scratch in Devil Does Dallas.

An alien abduction transforms a large, miserable woman in Hazel Hogan.

A country girl meets a city girl on her birthday, and struggles to decide if the girl’s heart is dark or light in Bubble Bath Twelve.

And methodical Genie forms an unlikely relationship in Heaven’s Halfway House while in a coma.

This was the first book in this series I read. I intend to read the others.

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business…

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