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07:05:43 PM Dec 3rd 2012
Another literature example - Stephen King's 'Christine'.

12:45:35 PM Jan 29th 2012
A Weird Random Thought on this trope:

I am not a fan of it. Its often done just to get cheap rise or reaction out of the audience. Often, there is no compelling story-driven reason for this to happen. For instance, in the Wonder Years. Everyone is shipping Kevin/Winnie and of course the creators know this so they never get together just for the sake of the final chord "sting" in the final episode, getting a cheap gut reaction from the audience. Personally, I think this one gets very close to Mind Screw

Sometimes its done well. While I think that Harry didn't end up with Hermione because JKR Rowling likes to screw around with convention, at least she did build it up over a number of volumes that Hermione was gravitating toward Ron. In Casablanca, Bergman's character was married to the guy so it would have been highly unusual and unacceptable for a woman to run off with another guy instead of her husband in 1942. (Ironically, Ingrid Bergman did just this and left her husband for an Italian director, getting blackballed by the US until the early 1960s).

I don't mind subversion either. Jack Burton's "nope" in Big Trouble in Little China almost had to be. The show was totally weird to begin with and Burton isn't the smartest or most clearly thinking light bulb in the bin.

But I have just seen too many groaners from this trope. Too many cheap shots. So, please, writers, if you are going to use it, make sure there is a compelling reason for it happening. Even if there isn't, start building it up beforehand. Just my worthless two cents and IMHO... this page looked a little bare with nothing on it anyway! :-)
01:35:21 AM Sep 26th 2012
I don't understand this at all. In real life, a lot of people never get the person they love (because the other person simply doesn't love them, or is already in love with someone else, or any other number of reasons). Surely fiction isn't obligated to provide the audience with wish-fulfilment.
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