It’s not surprising that drama and romance are two popular genres when it comes to media. From TV to novels to comics, they draw the audience in with the simple question: “Who is going to end up with who?” Ships set sail, twists get turns and hearts get broken; with every moment being eagerly lapped up by the audience. We all know the tropes and boy are we here for it. So today I’ll be going through my top five romance/drama tropes.
The side looks and blushing cheeks
Every time a character sneaks a side glance at their love interest, my heart starts beating. With just one look, so much is said. It gets even tenser when the interest at heart catches them doing it! The other averts their gaze with a start, a crimson flush about their cheeks. They were caught! What would the other character think if they knew how the shape of their neck captured their attention, lingering there as they mused at how soft it must feel under their fingertips? All that, in one glance? Yes please!
Hand touches over kisses
A simple hand brushing over another’s can reveal much of a person’s feelings before their lips have even touched. When coupled with the trope above, this can be a powerful move. What makes it so intense is that you want that tension broken, for lips to touch and sweet catharsis. But oh, the mind wonders what those fingers could do. All with a simple touch. Less is more after all.
I can’t believe I have to mention this, but having two adults consent to an intimate interaction makes it so much more wholesome. It doesn’t have to be as blunt as one character asking for a kiss (though that can work in certain circumstances). It can be as simple as reciprocating a touch, whispering, “Don’t stop,” or waiting for a moment of hesitation before proceeding. Consenting is hot as hell.
Laughter is a social experience, so when one character makes another laugh in a wholesome way my heart melts. Maybe they’re teasing or poking fun, but there’s a moment when they stop and stare at each other with fond admiration that I am here for. Character’s who have a rapport play with one another. It is always a delight to see.
Love to hate relationships
This is my all time favourite trope of romance. I’m not a fan of love at first sight. It is so unrealistic for me. Rather I like to watch two characters fight tooth and nail to get together. This trope shows the main ship learning about each other, understanding and overcoming their differences before finally realising they are both now madly in love. But the beauty of it, is that beyond that initial flush, there’s a real chance they will make it. By making the journey difficult, you leave them knowing that despite it all, they’ll have the strength to work it out.
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