Playing With / Romantic Plot Tumor

Basic Trope: A Romance Arc ends up outshining the main plot.
  • Straight: A mystery novel spends three rather long chapters on a Love Triangle between Bob, Alice and Claire that it could have spent on the Whodunnit.
  • Exaggerated: The Whodunnit plot is mentioned once at the beginning, and then the Romance Arc takes over, and the mystery is never solved, or for that matter, mentioned again.
  • Downplayed: Bob develops a relationship with Alice, but the relationship is only touched upon briefly.
  • Justified: The story actually is a Romance Novel.
  • Inverted: A Romantic Comedy ends up throwing aside the relationship between Alice and Bob in favor of a largely unrelated story about Alice's adrenaline-fueled career as a spy.
  • Subverted:
    • The Romance Arc is definitely there, but it does not supersede the mystery plot. In fact, it may even be relevant to the main plot in a way.
    • Alice and Bob spend most of the series playing an intense game of Will They or Won't They?.
    • The Romantic Plot Tumor is the part of the story most liked and appreciated by the audience. The audience reacts with meh, if not active dislike, to the main story.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Those chapters focusing on the Alice-Bob-Claire Love Triangle kind of end up distracting from the Whodunnit plot for awhile.
    • The UST is every bit as distracting as an actual romance arc would be, if not moreso.
  • Parodied: A bit of IKEA Erotica that covers three whole chapters is treated as the most important part of the whole story.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
    • "Hmm...I should develop the Alice-Bob-Claire triangle more...I want the audience to keep reading, and hey, romance is tantalizing."
    • The authors were fed up with Die for Our Ship fans, so they had a romantic plot take over the work just to make fun of them.
  • Lampshaded: "One chapter of sleuthing, seventeen chapters of schmoopiness."
  • Invoked: Bob starts seeing Alice during the course of sleuthing.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "Get rid of the Alice-Bob-Claire triangle, and it's still a pretty decent murder mystery."
  • Conversed: "Is this a sophisticated mystery novel, or a piece of fluffy Chick Lit?"
  • Deconstructed: As a general rule of thumb, if the plot is something other than romance, then the focus of the story should be on whatever the main plot is about. Otherwise, the story suffers too much Padding, and the audience might come down with Arc Fatigue or Ending Fatigue.
  • Reconstructed: The main story and the romance become intertwined. The main story is an adventure, but The Power of Love is also a central theme and element of it: the perils of the adventure test the bond between the characters, and their capacity to grow to love each other gives them the strength and determination to press on. Without that, the conflicts that bare relevance to the story's themes cannot be resolved.

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