Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week’s Theme:
Romance Tropes I Trash
It’s not that I hate these tropes…well, actually…
(Part of me feels like I talked about all of this nonsense before but that’s okay because this stuff needs to be repeated again and again.)
Additional Pages Caused By Miscommunication
I’m not saying I’m some seer communicator (because I’m not) but the drama caused by miscommunicating is so extra. The only true benefit of its existence is that so often the falling out is ridiculous it’s funny. Full stop.
The “Stumble Upon Scene” Moment
Are all these characters are actually Wizards imbued with the magic of Perfect Timing or what? Like…why do you never stumble across me taking your fries without permission or something. I am certain that would get my ass whooped before any other situation that involves me talking to your “nemesis/rival”. Ridiculous trope here with overly convenient writing. Hard pass.
Actually Ugly versus Snowflake Ugly
NOW LOOK HERE YOU SNOWFLAKES MAKING MY MORNING COMMUTE A DAMN HASSLE:
It’s difficult to chirp this out since everyone imagines characters differently but I think it’s safe to say “Snowflake Ugly” is still a good 7/10 on a hot-or-not scale (higher being sexier). I get that all non-Hufflepuffs want to be Hufflepuff and be super “modest” about their appearance but so much of this is externally-derived appreciation from others rather than knowing yourself to be beautiful. I mean…yeah, it’s a nice boost of confidence but the caveat I see is that never are these characters look like a forest troll. They get a fucking love triangle in most instances and that’s like…Y U COMPLAINING?!
The Cure All Romance
Get the fuck out.
While I do agree that love/romance can make a person change, what I cannot throw my money at is the many situations where one party causes the others illnesses et al. to magically be better, fixed, removed from conscious thought or the subplot altogether. Like curing cancer-tier specialness. Goodbye, you trope. I will just say that you can still be a fully realized individual who loves and is loved and who may still carry your own backpack of traits, issues, and what have you.
Normalization of Abuse and “Fixing” People
Don’t get me wrong…I’m not saying these stories don’t exist but the inclinations toward a myriad of character arcs with overly negative onsets of romance to promote the possibility of mending the love interest “to be different than who they were” is a bit of a doozy. Sure sexy times can form the basis of an end game relationship (ish) but all those stories that feature a “captive” or “slave” or “[insert really shitty situation here]” role that low-key incites a Stockholm Syndrome vibe is like…wut?
Romance Over Fantasy
Please exit stage left.
I get that romance is a great addition to stories as a driving force for people to act on their emotions and progress the plot…but if there’s political intrigue or a world with intricate magic systems etc. then I don’t need some romance taking precedence 24/7 in plotting. Worst of all is when the person you gallantly defend someone you’ve just met from a gunshot or some life-threatening injury because “omg they could be the one”. Get outta here.
The Inability to Function Without Romance
I’m not one to say I should judge how someone grieves or wallows or what have you. I get that life can easily become shitty when a part of yourself is lost with a relationship when they move on or you break up. But it’s a bit confusing when characters are so in love by 50-pages in that they can’t carry forward or do anything when their not-significant other is swimming in drama (or just literally not knowing of your existence as a hero). Let’s just skip work or start failing all of our assessments — solid role model.
Or maybe I’m just an angry person hating on all kinds of love…naaaaah.
Are there romance tropes you hate or love to hate or just have criticisms for? Let me know!