“Our own private thoughts, dreams, intuitions and fantasies are inevitably colored by what psychiatrist Carl Jung called the collective unconscious—the vast, reservoir-like body of shared human experiences and of myths, symbols and legends.”
- Peter Selgin on Writer’s Digest
How do we avoid clichés when our culture and language are founded on them? Surely there’s not an infinite combination of ideas and words to describe them.
As Coordinating Editor for an online magazine dedicated to francophiles, it’s something I see often. French culture, more than almost any other I’ve encountered, has been surrounded and thus mystified by the clichés and stereotypes it creates.
And we’re guilty of indulging just as the next magazine, blog, francophile, writer… Pretty much, everyone. Because there’s really no avoiding them.
I wrote an article the other day on this very subject. Though I didn’t go into it much there, I really do think we’re allowed to enjoy and indulge in clichés.
So many French clichés are actually lovely… The beauty of Paris is real – just as real as the gritty, darker side of Paris. Macarons are pretty and delicious – but yes, they’re everywhere. It doesn’t make them less pretty and delicious.
As I was putting the article together, I ended up in an Amelie-loop and found some delightful still and GIFs from this, one of my favourite films.
Cliché? Stereotype? I don’t give a damn. I love it.
Read the article on My French Life™ and add your two cents (cliché alert – see, even I can’t get through a blog post without using one).
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