A while back, I read Politics and the English Language, by George Orwell. I liked it quite a bit. I can see how it inspired some of my favorite writers.
However, I've notice something recently. Surfing across blogland, it feels as though people are fetishizing the intent of George Orwell's essay. The way cliché is referenced and talked about to a nauseating degree. I'm by no means "for cliché" but also, not really "against cliché" either. It seems to me that it is a literary tool, a short cut of imbued meaning. The cliché has been vilified, but really, its just one of many many many tools in writing.
I really like writers who don't embrace cliché. But I also really like some writers who do. Cliché can be very funny when used self consciously. There is just something funny to be observed here- I realized the other day when someone said to me "oh thats just a cliché", with a certain distain in their voice, that not liking cliché, has attained a feeling of cliché to me. So basically everything is fucked. We are all doomed. Cliché is a cliché, not a cliché is also a cliché too.
"It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then, like most clichés, that cliché is untrue.”
— Stephen Fry