Needs Help: Childhood Marriage Promise get usage counts

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1 johnnye27th Sep 2012 05:13:10 AM from Brighton, UK , Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
I think this trope needs expanding. It's currently very anime-focused, and focused on the promise being made in childhood, which doesn't fit Western examples like My Best Friend's Wedding and Drawn Together.

  1. Expand slightly to "An Old Flame shows up to remind a character of a marriage pact they once made together"
  2. Expand considerably to "Two characters have a pact to get married if they reach a certain age."

I've YKTTW'd Singleton Marriage Pact which could cover the latter trope (specifically, characters making such a pact in the present, rather than in backstory) if the second option is rejected.
Zaldrīzes buzdari iksos daor, so Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.
2 AnotherDuck27th Sep 2012 07:12:55 AM from Stockholm , Relationship Status: Chocolate!
No, the other one.
I don't think a trope needs expanding if the reasoning is "Some examples don't fit."

edited 27th Sep '12 7:13:11 AM by AnotherDuck

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3 Madrugada27th Sep 2012 07:19:27 AM , Relationship Status: In season
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I agree with duck. We don't change trope definitions to chase after bad examples. There's a substantial difference between two children making a pact to get ,married when they grow up and two adults or teens agreeing to marry if neither one has found someone else by the time they both turn 35 (to pick a random number).
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
That and your first example also seems to fall under Singleton Marriage Pact. Just go ahead with that.
5 johnnye27th Sep 2012 11:29:57 AM from Brighton, UK , Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
Well, it was more "expand because it's an unnecessarily restrictive definition of a broader trope", the bad examples being a symptom of that. But fair enough.
Zaldrīzes buzdari iksos daor, so Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.
6 nrjxll27th Sep 2012 03:23:18 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
[up]I think this is a worthwhile line of thought to pursue, though I'll admit there's some lumper bias in there.
Fallback Marriage Pact has been launched. Isn't it time to close this now?
8 AnotherDuck12th Oct 2012 05:09:33 AM from Stockholm , Relationship Status: Chocolate!
No, the other one.
[up][up]We do pursue that line of thought sometimes. However, that requires significant and demonstrated misuse of the trope.

However, since no misuse has been demonstrated, I think closing the thread is a good idea.

edited 12th Oct '12 5:10:23 AM by AnotherDuck

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9 shimaspawn12th Oct 2012 08:41:12 AM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
Locking this.
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