I revert to talking about tropes I hate, because I don't want to talk about things happening around us but I still want to talk about something I despise.
Tropes I hate it is!
The horrible slap n' kiss or “slap slap kiss” trope.
Especially prevalent in lakorns (Thai soap operas) but also in some mangas or animes, this trope is strictly about romance.
Two people start off hating each other. We're not talking about simple annoyance. No no. This is visceral hate, with frequent abuse (verbal and otherwise), which escalates to pretty terrible levels of attack (manipulations, underhandedness, backstabbings, you name it), and in the end they …kiss.
They end up falling in love. After all the abuse (often it might even be quite uneven, with one of the two being a lot more abusive than the other, but both are pretty nasty), they love each other and become a couple more dramatic in their love than Romeo and Juliet.
AND I HATE IT.
It might easily be the trope I hate the most.
It normalizes abuse as part of romance. It reinforces that dreadfully wrong cliche of “(s)he's mistreating you because (s)he likes you”. It reframes horrid people as desirable.
And on top of all the wrong messages, it makes no sense.
Unless we're talking mental disorders, typical human behavior doesn't involve loving your abuser. Period. It's really taxing to watch it being presented as a happy occurence.
So …yeah. Rant over.
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Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 26, 2022
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