I was going to do a different trope first, but I ran into this one recently and it annoyed me enough to get me blogging about it.
Originally, I intended to talk just about tropes I use and why, but right now I just want to vent.
This trope is probably the main story line in 85% of all romantic movies, romance novels, TV comedy/dramas, and anything else with a romantic plot-line in it. And it drives me nuts!
First of all, everyone knows when the main woman and the main man meet, if they’re both single they’re generally going to end up together at the end. There is no surprise here, and the idea of it adding tension is worthy of much eye-rolling. Everyone knows they get together at the end! How does that add tension when there’s no other possible outcome? Boooring.
Secondly, whenever I find a book with this in it, I end up giving up part way through. Why? So much text is taken up with this infernal waffling. Instead of focusing on, I don’t know, the plot?, the writer wastes thousands of words on how the MC loves/hates one person.Thousands of words. About being indecisive. Blergh.
And lastly, this cliché (an over-used trope is a cliché ) tends to make the characters come across as selfish asshats who have no real problems, and should probably spend their time developing a conscious instead of constantly emoting about their love lives. When the genre is romance, a certain amount of this is acceptable, but all too often it’s the ONLY thing which is driving the character. I keep thinking, this is a boring character, they have no life, why am I reading this crap? And I toss the book away.
Now, have I ever used this trope? Yes. It drove me up the wall, because the character seemed so useless, lol. Have I ever seen it used well? Yes. Once in the 80s, and a few times in books. But as the saying goes, the exception proves the rule.