Considering the worst cliches in crime, the votes have been tallied and it’s final four time. A lot of passionate responses and a mix of tight races and lopsided contests.
Let’s recap from the first round: As protagonists, Hit Men and Serial Killers were (broken) neck and neck, but in the final votes, Serial Killers led the way as the more hated trope. The hit men survive and live to kill another day.
The device of the old “One Last Job” had few fans, but more than exploiting our old friend Sherlock Holmes. So take heart aging criminal, your last shot at glory will be preserved. Gosh, I hope the job goes well.
Apparently no one has a problem hiring a Drunken Private Eye. Only one vote went to doing away with that classic noir fiction antihero. Our pals in the Mafia though, have worn out their welcome! An overwhelming majority voted to cut to black on Tony Soprano and his crew.
And get used to seeing more Paranormal Crime Solvers on bookshelves. People seem to vastly prefer the supernatural to the nice ladies who solve crime in between baking cookies. Culinary Detectives as a group raised the ire of an easy majority of voters, even despite all the recipes for marmalade and the wine & cheese pairings.
Our Final Four (vote for the cliché in each bracket you hate most):
Serial Killers vs. The Mafia
The Coattails of Sherlock Holmes vs. Culinary Crime Fighters
Who will make it to the finals to go mano a mano? Will it be the spree killers, the Dexters and Hannibal Lecters of the book world? Or will it be the broken-nosed guys in the pinstripe suits?
Will you forgive authors using the legacy of the world’s greatest detective or will you see past the quaint kitchen decor of the culinary mysteries?
Get your votes in now! Defend your favorites, kick the other heckneyed tropes to the curb. After this, we’ll have our championship to tell authors at large, “No more!”
UPDATE: Thanks for all your votes. We’ve closed this round. Go see who made it to the Death Brackets Cliché Championship and choose your worst!
Eric Beetner is the author of Dig Two Graves, Split Decision (Book #3 in the Fight Card series) and co-author with JB Kohl of One Too Many Blows To The Head and Borrowed Trouble. His award-winning short fiction has appeared in Pulp Ink, D*cked, Off The Record, Grimm Tales, Discount Noir, Needle, Murder In The Wind and the upcoming Million Writers Award: best new online voices. For more and links to free stories visit ericbeetner.blogspot.com