Oh man, there are quite a few clichés I’d like to end, with a quick and painless death. Lol. Here are just a few that I’d like to be toned down and/or approached differently.
#1 Hero will tell heroine’s potential boyfriend to give her up… but doesn’t talk to the girl himself. I usually try and let it go (starts singing Frozen song), but what really irks me is when the hero does this in FRONT of the girl. Like, she’s right there; go talk to her! This happened quite a few times in My Secret Hotel which forced some involuntary cringing and head-banging from me.
#2 The second lead is a gentleman from heaven and the love interest is an entitled loser who changes at the last second... uh he does change right? To clarify, I don’t have a problem with a bad boy or rude selfish Mr. Darcy-type character. However, Mr. Darcy changes! (I know. Shocking, hehe). He realizes he’s been mean, acknowledges his behavior, and changes it. But a lot of these heroes’ act like jerks to the very end while rarely being nice… like that makes up for their cruel behavior earlier. This really irked me in Secret Garden. I can watch a show with a guy like that but it still really bugs me. And then on top of that, they always have the contrasting second lead whose insanely kind, respectful and selfless to remind us how the heroine should be treated.
#3 The flashbacks!! I'm laughing and crying over this one. For example, you have a scene where the hero asks the heroine if she wants to date but she doesn’t answer. Then the very next scene with the heroine silently standing in a room, we have a flashback cut to the scene of the hero asking her to date. I mean, I can figure out what she’s thinking about. My memory is not that short term, lol.
#4 Over-the-top shaming of people. I mean, from a writer's perspective I understand the need to interject some drama. But characters always being shamed for stuff like being poor, overweight, or divorced is very, very irritating. And this happens in Hollywood rom-coms just as it does in Asian dramas. Whhhhy?