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22nd Jun '18 1:29:06 PM ironballs16
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* ''Film/{{Gigli}}'', is a mob movie about the kidnapping of a prosectur's brother, but that was forced to the sicde when the movie was ([[ExecutiveMeddling re-]])written to capitalize on the at-the-time romance between actors Creator/BenAffleck and Music/JenniferLopez.

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* ''Film/{{Gigli}}'', is a mob movie about the kidnapping of a prosectur's prosecutor's brother, but that was forced to the sicde side when the movie was ([[ExecutiveMeddling re-]])written to capitalize on the at-the-time romance between actors Creator/BenAffleck and Music/JenniferLopez.



* TheMovie of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' features a fairly obvious example of this trope, between Arthur and Trillian. [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy The "original" source materials]] all handled their past differently, but agreed that Arthur had been briefly interested in Trillian during a single superficial encounter in the past; when he re-encounters her during the story, he displays jealousy at a few points, but not much more than that. By comparison, the movie version features an Arthur who is desperately pining over Trillian, who could have been his one true love had he not been afraid to pursue her, and he spends most of the movie time thinking about, worrying about or focusing on her. This was deliberately inserted by Creator/DouglasAdams when drafting the movie, before his death, to increase studio interest and audience acceptance of the movie. (Which doesn't necessarily rule out that the new love plot was half-baked or several draft rewrites away from being good.)

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* TheMovie of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' features a fairly obvious example of this trope, between Arthur and Trillian. [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy The "original" source materials]] all handled their past differently, but agreed that Arthur had been briefly interested in Trillian during a single superficial encounter in the past; when he re-encounters her during the story, he displays jealousy at a few points, but not much more than that. By comparison, the movie version features an Arthur who is desperately pining over Trillian, who could have been his one true love [[CannotSpitItOut had he not been afraid to pursue her, her]], and he spends most of the movie time thinking about, worrying about or focusing on her. This was deliberately inserted by Creator/DouglasAdams when drafting the movie, before his death, to increase studio interest and audience acceptance of the movie. (Which doesn't necessarily rule out that the new love plot was half-baked or several draft rewrites away from being good.)
22nd Jun '18 1:27:03 PM ironballs16
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* In ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' (but not in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', by Bram Stoker), Dracula isn't after Mina Harker because he's an undead embodiment of evil, a monster seeking to feed on the blood of the innocent. It's because he's in love with her. Awww. And she loves him, because destiny says so. And Dracula wasn't cursed by God to be a vampire because he was an evil bastard who deserved eternal torment. No, Dracula willingly became one as a RageAgainstTheHeavens because his wife committed suicide and her soul couldn't be redeemed. Never mind that none of this was in the book, or that the forced romance between Drac and Mina leaves her acting like a complete and unsympathetic bitch to everyone around her, especially her loving husband. Unsurprisingly, the Dracula and Mina subplot only exists because of ExecutiveMeddling, as they didn't think a straight horror film would sell tickets.

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* In ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' (but not in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', by Bram Stoker), Dracula isn't after Mina Harker because he's an undead embodiment of evil, a monster seeking to feed on the blood of the innocent. It's because he's in love with her. Awww. And she loves him, because destiny says so.it's a ReincarnationRomance. And Dracula wasn't cursed by God to be a vampire because he was an evil bastard who deserved eternal torment. No, Dracula willingly became one as a RageAgainstTheHeavens because his wife [[SuicideIsShameful committed suicide and her soul couldn't be redeemed.redeemed]]. Never mind that none of this was in the book, or that the forced romance between Drac and Mina leaves her acting like a complete and unsympathetic bitch to everyone around her, especially her loving husband. Unsurprisingly, the Dracula and Mina subplot only exists because of ExecutiveMeddling, as they didn't think a straight horror film would sell tickets.
18th Jun '18 8:32:18 AM DoctorNemesis
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* While the Richard Castle[=/=]Kate Beckett relationship dynamic on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' is ''not'' one of these, since the relationship dynamic between the two has for better or worse been the central driving engine of the show since the first episode, one of the frequent criticisms of the 'significant other' arcs of seasons three and four was that splitting Castle and Beckett up to be with other romantic partners damaged the chemistry between them and just bogged the show down with unnecessarily angsty and predictable subplots that ultimately didn't really go anywhere.
10th Jun '18 12:40:41 AM Octorok103
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** Act 6 takes it into full blown parody, with [[SmugSnake Araena]] slipping into a self indulgent ExpositionDump about leprechaun romance, which is noted to be completely irrelevant to the story and shown to be pointlessly complex. She's interrupted in the middle of her speech because the rest of the cast is starting to get pissed off by the pointless romance.

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** Act 6 takes it into full blown parody, with [[SmugSnake Araena]] Aranea]] slipping into a self indulgent ExpositionDump about leprechaun romance, which is noted to be completely irrelevant to the story and shown to be pointlessly complex. She's interrupted in the middle of her speech because the rest of the cast is starting to get pissed off by the pointless romance.
6th Jun '18 7:06:53 PM Loekman3
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6th Jun '18 7:05:55 PM Loekman3
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** Ben and Julie romance seen in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' is also perceived as a forced attempt by the writers to drop the same KissingCousins vibe mentioned above. It's not as obvious as the Gwen and Kevin debacle, but it still didn't come off natural for the viewers; especially when ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' came around and Julie continued to stay with Ben despite him constantly jeopardizing their relationship by breaking promises to do ''non-hero'' activities and actively flirting with others ''while'' she's in earshot. ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' took this angle and had them break up between series because of Ben's self-centered behavior, with Julie only getting two appearances in ''Omniverse''; ironically, even those who didn't like the relationship saw this break-up as poorly done.
6th Jun '18 6:40:11 PM HighCrate
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** Some could make a case that the Ben and Julie romance seen in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' was also forced by the writers to drop the same KissingCousins vibe mentioned above. It's not as obvious as the Gwen and Kevin debacle, but it still didn't come off natural for the viewers; especially when ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' came around and Julie continued to stay with Ben despite him constantly jeopardizing their relationship by breaking promises to do ''non-hero'' activities and actively flirting with others ''while'' she's in earshot. ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' took this angle and had them break up between series because of Ben's self-centered behavior, with Julie only getting two appearances in ''Omniverse''; ironically, even those who didn't like the relationship saw this break-up as poorly done.
6th Jun '18 5:47:57 PM BatmanKalEl
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** Some could make a case that the Ben and Julie romance seen in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' was also forced by the writers to drop the same KissingCousins vibe mentioned above. It's not as obvious as the Gwen and Kevin debacle, but it still didn't come off natural for the viewers; especially when ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' came around and Julie continued to stay with Ben despite him constantly jeopardizing their relationship by breaking promises to do ''non-hero'' activities and actively flirting with others ''while'' she's in earshot. ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' took this angle and had them break up between series because of Ben's self-centered behavior, with Julie only getting two appearances in ''Omniverse''; [[UnpleaseableFanbase ironically]], even those who didn't like the relationship saw this break-up as poorly done.

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** Some could make a case that the Ben and Julie romance seen in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' was also forced by the writers to drop the same KissingCousins vibe mentioned above. It's not as obvious as the Gwen and Kevin debacle, but it still didn't come off natural for the viewers; especially when ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' came around and Julie continued to stay with Ben despite him constantly jeopardizing their relationship by breaking promises to do ''non-hero'' activities and actively flirting with others ''while'' she's in earshot. ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' took this angle and had them break up between series because of Ben's self-centered behavior, with Julie only getting two appearances in ''Omniverse''; [[UnpleaseableFanbase ironically]], ironically, even those who didn't like the relationship saw this break-up as poorly done.
3rd Jun '18 12:48:35 PM costanton11
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* [[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/LaurenFaust, her intentions were to avoid giving the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' romantic interests for this exact reason; when romantic plots actually ''do'' happen, they are to be front and center, and reserved for side characters, such as Princess Cadance and Shining Armor's relationship. Case in point, when trailers for TheMovie ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' prominently featured a potential {{Love Interest|s}} for main character Twilight Sparkle (who had never in the series displayed any desire for romantic affection), [[FandomBerserkButton the fans were outraged]]. When the movie came out, all scenes with said love interest were completely pointless to the main plot and no romantic tension was ever resolved.

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* [[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/LaurenFaust, her intentions were to avoid giving the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' romantic interests for this exact reason; when romantic plots actually ''do'' happen, they are to be front and center, and reserved for side characters, such as Princess Cadance and Shining Armor's relationship. Case in point, when trailers for TheMovie ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' prominently featured a potential {{Love Interest|s}} for main character Twilight Sparkle (who had never in the series displayed any desire for romantic affection), [[FandomBerserkButton the fans were outraged]].outraged. When the movie came out, all scenes with said love interest were completely pointless to the main plot and no romantic tension was ever resolved.
1st Jun '18 8:14:42 PM HighCrate
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** Interestingly enough, it could be argued that the third season actually ''inverts'' this. Star confesses her love to Marco in front of all the other characters (except Tom) and while Star and Marco do eventually reference it later, none of the other characters (even Jackie) ''ever mention it again'' and are completely okay with Star dating Tom again. A lot of potential romance is simply ignored.
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