(Well, first of all, I'm new to having an account on this site, and I am also a complete derp, so if I fail at posting in this forum, I apologize. Please do not rip off my face because of noob rage.)
So, one of the things I've noticed on this site is the misuse of the "Tear Jerker
" moniker. A good chunk of examples that go on a show(/film/book/whatever)'s Tear Jerker
page belong under Heartwarming instead, and a lot of Heartwarming examples also list themselves as Tear Jerkers
— and it's usually not because said example is simultaneously both sad AND heartwarming, but simply because the example itself is worthy of a few tears being shed, regardless of the emotion and reasoning behind them.
While I understand that the term "tear jerker" usually has a connotation of tragedy or sadness, it feels like the term is being misused and/or misunderstood on tvtropes. The trope itself is supposed to be used as examples of sad moments, but I suppose the title must come off to some people as simply being indicative of the emotional reaction it's named for.
I'm not saying the two tropes should never be used together; a particular moment can be both heartwarming and sad, and if it is, it thus deserves to go under both tropes. However, if the moment itself is simply a happy one that causes a few joyful tears to be shed in some, it doesn't belong under Tear Jerker
, and unfortunately that misunderstanding seems to occur frequently. I suggest either a name change (though I'll be the first one to admit that would probably be a pain in the ass), or a greater emphasis that Tear Jerker
= sad moment, Tear Jerker
≠ emotional moment, regardless of emotion, that is worthy of tears.
(Thanks for taking the time to read my crappy first post. I hope it wasn't too awful. So, questions? Comments? Concerns? Personal Advertisements?)