There are many, many lists available online of cliches, so I thought: why not generate a list of non-cliches for a change? Of course, it's hard to come up with an idea that has never been done before, not to mention that non-cliches have the potential to become cliches themselves given time and popularity, but still . . . I've personally found that this is a great exercise for creating fresher, less predictable work. So, go ahead, post ideas that you'd like to start seeing more of in fiction! 1) Instead of predictably falling in love, a hero and heroine who dislike each other upon first encounter grow to dislike each other even more. In fact, their mutual animosity begins to interfere with the project/goal they are working towards together. 2) Main character in a journey-style adventure fantasy is old, overweight, plain, or all three, rather than the typical fresh-faced farmboy. 3) In science fiction: Highly intelligent aliens who are nevertheless incapable of mastering human speech due to biological differences. 4) In science fiction: Alien planets with diverse cultures, climates, and landscapes, as opposed to the typical mono-culture, mono-climate, and mono-landscape deal.