Quotes: Dead Horse Trope

"The entire crime-writing fraternity yesterday bade a tearful farewell to the last "locked room" mystery at a large banquet held in it's honor. . . . DCI Chymes then gave a glowing eulogy before being interrupted by the shocking news that the 'locked room' concept had been 'murdered' — and in a locked room."

'"It has a god game aspect, but these sections are interspersed between a bog-standard side-scrolling platformer with slightly suspect jumping and hit detection. It’s not bad, certainly — the story of the Super Nintendo is in part the story of the death of the side-scrolling platformer, but it’s one of those deaths via last golden age, and even the b-list is pretty good. But it does not sparkle."

"Everybody thinks they can book goddamn wrestling now—because they know it's booked—better than the people than the people who are booking it. And you know, in some cases they're right! ...Back in the 50's the fan-dancers were hot, right? Now you can see gonzo porn on the internet where 80 guys are fuckin' cumming on some chick's face. So you don't really wanna see the girl hiding behind the fuckin' flower fan anymore."

"And dammit, I love Vin Diesel. Dude sounds like he's out of his mind whenever he talks, but then, again, he pulls everything he has into his roles and absolutely he's no worse at delivering his lines than the beloved Stallones and Schwarzeneggers of the world...The Chronicles of Riddick is a product of another age, and that sealed its doom."

"As a spiritual sequel to Angel One, this is a planet of women who are highly sexed and yet completely deadly — I thought we had left this kind of sexist nonsense behind us in The Original Series but here it is"
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Favorite Son"

"When Star Trek: The Next Generation wanted to do a gangster episode or a western episode, it used the holodeck as a narrative short cut. The idea of completely imaginary people in a computer simulation was more plausible than a planet full of human-like aliens that had conveniently arranged their culture around some relic from mankind’s history. You could not get away with something like "A Piece of the Action" or "Patterns of Force" on any of the later Star Trek shows. When the third season of Enterprise attempts to do a “western on an alien planet” in "North Star", the entire show seems to creak under suspension of disbelief."
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: Enterprise, "The Communicator"

"When I watched The Never Ending Story again recently, nearly 25 years later, the clichés were never more evident. Maybe I'm too cynical these days, but I found myself constantly questioning the film. Why does there always have to be a 'chosen one'? Why is there always some insanely powerful trinket that can do pretty much anything the wearer wants? Why are fantasy lands always ruled by a single person? And why is that person always either a tyrant—with an army of dark-colored creatures that can't talk—or completely benevolent, causing rainbows and unicorns to appear by his or her mere presence?"
The Agony Booth on The Neverending Story

"Right, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! Or maybe, what doesn't kill you is just killing you slowly?...The rebuttal to the cliché is, itself, now a cliché. That's how cliché it is."

"Zombie Apocalypse was old hat. Now it's a dusty, torn-up section of brim that came off an old hat because the rest of the old hat was eaten by a Stegosaurus."
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Zero Punctuation review of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

Stories about shops like these are so common they have become a meta-cliché — there are enough tales in which the protagonists are aware such shops are a cliché to fill a decent anthology.