I watch a lot of romances.
Fairly obvious since I’m an avid K-drama fan! And while my favorite genres are action-adventure and epic historical, I still want a good romance in every show I watch.
So whether I’m watching a rom-com like Runaway Bride or the latest K-drama or American TV show, there are romantic tropes that are universally used. While tropes can be hit or miss (it really depends on how it’s used), no story is without them. And some of these tropes, well, they get us more than others. Like we’re throwing our popcorn aside and screaming because a swoon-worthy moment JUST HAPPENED!!
So I started thinking about tropes/moments that I react to with the most swoony, happy feels. Here it is – take note drama writers. I’ll be watching and loving! Hehe
#1 The Kiss(es)
Yes, I’m like any romance watcher… on the edge of my seat waiting for the kiss of true love to happen. And the more kisses, the merrier. Even Confucius would have to agree with that one!
Worthy Portrayal: W – Worlds Collide
#2 Protective Hero
This one never fails to kill me. I’m SUCH a pushover for the hero protecting his heroine. While this trope might seem like a stereotypical “Alpha Male” move, even non-Alpha Male characters will protect the people they love. Listen even just STANDING in front of the heroine to protect her from danger is enough to take my heart out. JUST STOP (please don’t stop)!
Worthy Portrayal: Rurouni Kenshin
#3 Serious About Marriage
Well it doesn’t get more swoon worthy than this! Not sure why but heroines are more often portrayed as the one pining about marriage with an indifferent hero. Seeing the hero as just as eager (or more) is always a lovely change.
Worthy Portrayal: Oh! My Lady
#4 Cohabitation Hijinks
It’s bound to happen. The main couple will end up somewhere, just the two of them, lose their wallets, cellphones dead and they’re forced to stay in one room at a hotel. Yeah that’s just one of the many cohabitation hijinks moments and who doesn’t love this, okay??
Worthy Portrayal: Leap Year
#5 Jealous Heroes
You know, he doesn’t like the heroine (or doesn’t want to believe he does) until he sees another guy pursing her and then goes all Mr. Knightley from Emma on everybody acting snippy to his rival. This can be a fine line to walk though… as I’ve seen dramas turn the hero into a mindless temper tantrum throwing two-year-old which makes him look too dumb. You have to find the perfect balance; petty is cool, just avoid full-out stupid or weirdly controlling.
Worthy Portrayal: Healer, Protect the Boss
#6 Carrying the Girl
I’ve mentioned this before in my Romantic Moments Series. How am I not supposed to ship this?? It was clearly designed to take out my shipper heart!
Worthy Portrayal: The Man Living In Our House, Lois and Clark
#7 Supporting One Another
Instead of falling for the Dreaded Misunderstanding which leads to the Dramatic Breakup, the couple chooses to believe in one another because they’re amazing like that! Mind-blowing, right??
Worthy Portrayal: hmm… I know these couples exist somewhere. Just can’t think of one. Which makes me sad. :(
#8 Fighting Back to Back
There’s nothing like fighting against the world with the love of your life at your side. And if you’re literally back to back, you’re practically invincible.
Worthy Portrayal: Fast and Furious 6
What are your favorite romantic tropes? The ones that make you swoon! Let me know in the comments!