Oh, I know a lot of folks hate them, and that publishers go out of their way to eradicate them from titles and from stories.
I love the idea of collective memory, though. I love the idea that I can say, "He's madder than a wet hen" and everyone knows what I'm saying. You hear someone say, "Once Upon a Time" and you start to expect a fairy tale, or at least an ironic lead in.
What are my other favorites? Oh, gosh. Whether its sayings like, "She looked at him like a goat looking at a new fence," or even just the cliche of the plain girl who suddenly gets the interest of the too-hot guy, I love them all.
You'll never catch me being the girl who says, "You can't use that, it's too cliche."
What all are y'all's favs?