WHO ARE YOU?!
Random, but something I always found curious. I think ‘Who are you?’ must be the most common phrase ever said in fiction. It’s pretty much in everything, every genre, every book, game, show, movie, whatever. Now that shouldn’t seem strange really, should it? …Apart from it’s a phrase you NEVER actually hear in real life. People don’t go around saying ‘who are you’, it’s a strange thing to say and quite rude sounding. And yet it’s so prevalent in fiction.
Of course I know WHY it happens. It’s setting up having a nice tidy introduction from a character, who has wandered in doing something interesting without explaining themselves… The whole scenario is so weirdly common. I can’t bring myself to write the line anymore, just because it stands out to me so much.
Does it sound like I’m trying to make a point? Or call people bad writers? I’m not… I just thought it was interesting, and felt like it was worth mentioning. One of those weird things. I also challenge anyone to come up with a line more common and universally in fiction, and bonus if it’s never said in real life.