What situation is always made out to be really sexy or romantic on TV, but is actually horrible and traumatizing in real life?

What situation is always made out to be really sexy or romantic on TV, but is actually horrible and traumatizing in real life?

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  1. Making stalking romantic, i’m a man and it feels weird and wrong pursuing a girl after she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with the guy.

  2. Having an ex run up with some extravagant gesture while you’re with your current partner and say

    >You should be with me!

    Or, in a similar vein, undermining your current partner “as a joke” while you work together.

  3. Long letters (or email) about how they’ll do anything to be with you, but you’ve seen him twice, nothing happened and you clearly stated you weren’t interested…

  4. The random kiss. In the movies, it always looks so romantic when the two characters just move together and suddenly they’re kissing. IRL, I hate that. Check in with me first. Make sure that I’m OK with it. Or if I think of it first, I am definitely going to ask you. I have pushed otherwise hot guys away from me–even guys who I would have agreed to kiss if they’d asked.

  5. Bit of an aside, but at least one of thw movie couple always has a photo ok their work desk of them and their partner doing things like pushing one another on a tire swing, but the angle of the shot is as if the photographer was in the bushes spying. Who is taking all these pictures?? This ended up having nothing to do with OP’s question and will probably get delete.

  6. Most romantic storylines. High drama romances are usually terrible to live through.

    Imagine being will-they-won’t-they for several months or years in real life? Yikes.

    Storytelling, especially in written media, is a great place to experiment with dubious consent. It’s interesting, dramatic, plays into some classic tropes. Real life…ehhhh not so great, unless you’ve got your safety words and are actually consenting.

  7. When you’ve broken up but then get back together. In movies it seems like fireworks fly, but in reality there are a lot of trust/commitment issues to work through.

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