Hello! So uh, sometimes I get focused on one aspect of writing so I wanted to make this. Whenever I get passionate about a trope, I’ll make Trope Talks and just… talk about it/share my opinions. Feel free to share yours! We don’t have to have the same opinions about tropes- this is a discussion!
Trope Talks: Guy Saves Girl (in romance)
I actually like this trope! Of course, just because the title says, “Guy Saves Girl” it can be “Girl Saves Guy” “Girl Saves Girl” “Guy Saves Guy”… etc etc. I specifically like the Guy Saves Girl trope, most likely because it occurs in a lot of romance haha. But I’m gonna talk more generally about the idea of a love interest saving the MC.
Reasons why I like the trope: If done well, it can show the love that the LI has for the MC. Maybe they’ve been kind of liking each other before this point but haven’t exactly figured it out yet, and when faced with the possibility of losing their person they start to realize their feelings.
I like when it is used realistically, and sparingly. Like in a story that is already high in action/drama it can be nice to incorporate there.
However, what I really don’t like with this trope/cliche is that sometimes writers either make the MCs almost entirely helpless and they NEVER get better and always have to be “saved” by the LI. Just… no. And the added sexism kinda when its ALWAYS the guy saving the girl! Just no! Honestly have never seen this in a book (yet) and hope to not see this in a book. I have seen this countless of times on Episode, though.
Like, if you were in danger a ton of times in your life- you’d think you’d get better at defending yourself/dealing with it.
I also hate it when it’s kinda the reversed. MC starts out weak (but sassy) and then gets strong, yet, despite this, she still CONSTANTLY needs to be saved by the LI! This is often in gang stories. Like, the MC spends all this time fighting and learning to defend themselves and only get to defend themselves successfully like 3 times out of 900. While also making stupid decisions like going out when they clearly shouldn’t go out to prove that they are “independent” (I call it stupid). Like the LI acts like the girl is all “smart” and “different” but in reality she’s a dumbo who can only throw a few punches. Like if the other female members of the gang can keep themselves out of trouble- why can’t you?
SO yeah what do you think of this trope? Do you agree or disagree with me? DISCUSS!