I see this quite a lot in Science-Fiction writing, but I think every genre has its formulaic cliche. I suppose the whole adage rings particularly true in this case: There are no new ideas, just different ways of telling the same story. Sure, but is there that particular story that just can't be redeemed in any manner of storytelling because it's been done so much? I have a few: Adam & Eve. Amnesiac wakes up alone and spends the story piecing his/her life back together. Nerdy guy becomes popular guy. Poor farm boy realizes he is the savior of an old prophecy and the last of an ancient race of heroes, and through the guidance of an old sage he quests around the world with a ragtag band of miscreants in an attempt to find a lost, magical item so he can use it to save the world from an evil dictator.