I honestly don't see how its any more negative than any of the other suggestions. If anything, it seems carefully neutral, while "flat" and "satellite" seem to me to have more obvious negative connotations.
Note: I don't feel strongly about which of these titles should win; I just think some of the objections some people are raising to some of them make little or no sense.
I think a few of the names will work, and most of the probems brought up (aside from the shallow person problem) are closer related to general troper attitude than the names themselves.
A random note, all suggestions with Love Interest in them are ahead of all other suggestions.
So, it looks like we're probably going to rename this to Satellite Love Interest. Should we also broaden it to match Satellite Character? It won't take much. We just need to de-emphasize how one-dimensional the character needs to be, since a Satellite Character can be more complex. We're going to need to tweak the definition in any case, I think, to make it less complainy.
Sure. I had misunderstood the exact definition of a Satellite Character, but now that I've read it, it's actually closer to what I think this trope should be than I thought at first, to the point of an actual subtrope.
Remember that there's a lot of misuse, so the wicks all have to be evaluated. I'm not sure we really have an appropriate trope for the misuse, though some of it might go under The Ditz or related tropes.
How strict are we going to be about calling the character a satellite love interest? For example, I think it's common that someone obviously exists only to be a love interest and are basically defined by it, but they do interact with others and have their own interests and whatnot. It's just that those things are just sort of details added to keep them from being entirely bland.
Check Satellite Character. I think we decided that we need to modify the description here to be a little closer to Satellite Character, which is somewhat broader. I think what you're describing would fit, but you may want to double-check.
I edited the description a bit to make sure the link to Satellite Character was more prominent, and changed the now-confusing bit where it said that merely being a love interest doesn't necessarily make you shallow. That whole warning in the second paragraph may still be a bit overdone, though, now that this has a new, less negative name. I'm not sure.
If Bella and Edward count then basically every main in every romance novel counts, yeah? I mean, technically they both only exist to be each other's love interest because they is the whole friggin point of the series, but I think that is missing the point of the trope a little bit.
They both do things not related to being each others roamance interest. Barely. Cut them.
Alternative Titles: Shallow Love Interest
28th Sep '12 1:10:47 PM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.