All right, I need advice. I love me a good fantasy book. I go bonkers when i turn on Kindle Unlimited and read as many self-published works as i can get my hands on. I scour Amazon for anything new and fun, and I feel like I have a pretty decent handle on what is "overdone" and what has a fresher appeal in the plot lines of the fantasy world. I've been rolling a story idea around in my head for a while, and I've put tons of thoughts on paper. I know who my characters are, I have a good idea what their arcs look like, and I know how I want to weave in a plot twist or two. I even have what could be (generously) considered to be rough outline for a trilogy. But I can't, for the LIFE OF ME, come up with the main plot arc. Or at least, I can't come up with something that doesn't make my toes curl because it seems so overused. Here's the general gist: I want to turn a typical coming-of-age story on its ear. One of my MCs is a guy who discovers that he's more than he seems, and he's sucked in to a new and unbelievable world where he has to learn to become a hero. However, the story is told from the perspective of his very normal best friend who got dragged along for the ride (my main MC). I want to tell this story through his friend's eyes as she grows stronger and becomes a hero in her own right (rather than acting as a cardboard best friend who acts as little more than a hostage who props up his "destiny", as is so prevalent in other books). Here's the part where I could use some advice. In my initial scribblings, my guy MC is some kind of prince (I'm not entirely sold on this because, y'know, cliche). He is supposed to be a keeper of some kind, one of the last of a race of powerful spirits of nature who maintain balance (a concept I need to flesh out). The "bad guys" want him out of the way so they can grow more powerful without him in the way. The whole series would be predicated on defeating the bad guys, saving the world, yadda yadda yadda. Building my plot's foundation around the above paragraph is niggling at me. I feel like this is just so god-awful cookie-cutter, and I'm looking for opinions. On some level I feel like this is a solid plot in a strictly skeletal sense, and that I could build up other ideas and subplots around it to give things a new and creative flair. I have a budding interest in using the plot's cliche nature to poke fun in a self deprecating way. I also think my female protagonist's point of view will allow it to be construed in a way that is fresh. BUT, I want to hear what you think before I dive down the rabbit hole needlessly. I suppose I've kind of answered my own question, but I still would love opinions. I am having the hardest time coming up with alternate ideas, and i welcome any thoughts, suggestions, personal opinions, etc. And I can offer additional clarification on my ideas if needed. I just didn't want to bog this post down any more than strictly necessary.