If there’s one thing I do with great frequency, it’s to watch Hallmark films. Though lately, I haven’t been as much just because they’ve been disappointing more than delighting. Although to be fair, I have seen a pair that are cute. Today, as I think about Hallmark films, I thought it might be fun to talk about the Hallmark tropes we pretend not to love (but mostly do!).
Some of these tropes, like anything, I really don’t like. They’re just not my think. Others I don’t mind… depending on the story, characters and actors. While I’m not the biggest fan of the first two on my list, I can “deal” with them if there’s enough good surrounding the trope. Let’s talk about a few I like, a few I can deal with, and a couple I don’t care for.
Here we go.
HALLMARK TROPES WE PRETEND NOT TO LOVE
1: THE EPIC OVER-THE-TOP BREAK UP
This one is MUCH better now. It used to be a whole dramatic thing, but not it comes across more like how adults should behave. Something usually does end (or we are made to assume so) before the film is over, but it’s more in a we-can’t-because of x or y. All around, storytellers handle it much better as things stand now.
2: GIRL RETURNS HOME
Definitely not one of my favorite tropes, this one seems to be popular if the number of titles the network uses this trope in is an indication. It always seems particularly heavy during the Christmas movie season. Partly what I don’t like about it is this. Oftentimes the writer’s seem to take away the accountability of its heroine. Meaning they often make the big city the “culprit” as reason why someone changes rather than the acceptance and responsibility of CHOICE!SIX COMMON & CUTE HALLMARK TROPES WE PRETEND NOT TO LOVE #HALLMARKIES #HALLMARKTROPES #HALLMARKCHANNEL #MOVIES #ROMANCE Click To Tweet
3: THE INTURRUPTED KISS
Dogs, cats, kids, exes or a cell phone! You name it, and it’s probably been a culprit in interrupting that almost perfect first kiss between our love birds. Still, we can admit, it does create more of a “longing” ambience.
4: THE “ACCIDENTAL” TRIP INTO THE HERO’S ARMS
Ah, yes! The ole trip-and-fall-into-his-arms routine. Sometimes this is awkward (but I mean, it’s PRIME swoon material) and other times it’s done pretty well (like in the title Sand Dollar Cove). We know we’d miss this moment, right?
BONUS! THE TWO I REALLY DON’T CARE FOR
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE FIRST KISS
This drives me INSANE! Anytime there’s a first kiss where there’s an entire audience watching. I just cannot! I did see one a little while back where the first kiss was a few scenes before (and in private) but then at the end, the second was literally on a stage. That one was “tolerable, I suppose” (name that movie!), but mostly, this trope is a solid NO! from me.
THE THREE LITTLE WORDS
I can tolerate pretty much any of these. It also helps depending on every story or situation or even the cast. However, unless it’s a reunion romance, I do not like to see either person in the love story say “I love you” at the end. Reason being the time frame is usually 1 week or two max. Being in like and having an interest in someone is totally believable. Being in love? Nope. Not so much.
What about you? I’ve chatted enough about my take on some of the tropes you love (or maybe don’t) from Hallmark? Which important ones did I miss talking about? What do you think of those I do mention? Comment all of your thoughts below! I’d love to chat.
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