Day 16 – Drama cliché that you wish would stop

There are a lot of clichés that I’d like to stop, but there’s one that I want to see banned from all time.

I don’t even know if you can call this a cliché. It’s more like an unnecessary consequence to making dramas. The thing that I want to see stop is characters who, while driving, don’t keep their eyes on the road.

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When you are filming a driving scene like this, you’re obviously not really driving the car. Or, you are driving the car but the path is made clear for you. Either way, why do the drivers have to look at the passenger for long periods of time? I get that they want to make their point, but this is just a safety hazard. If I wasn’t able to drive, then maybe I wouldn’t have a problem with it. But after getting my licenses and seeing how it really is on the road, I just can’t get past this.

I remember that Ooh la la Spouses was guilty of this on numerous occasions. Each time it happened, I kept thinking to myself, “Someone is going to crash their vehicle.” Someone did, but only because the story line called for it. Every other moment the driver would spend more than 10 seconds looking at the passenger. 10 seconds may seem like a small amount of time, but when you’re behind the wheel it’s actually quite long. 10 seconds can determine whether you’re alive or dead.

It’s not really a cliché, but it is something I’d love to see stopped and abolished for all time. All I want them to do is drive safely and stop taking me out of the story, because those cars are pure safety hazards. The driver doesn’t pay attention to the road and those in the car don’t buckle up. That’s just a recipe for disaster.


6 thoughts on “Day 16 – Drama cliché that you wish would stop

  1. miharusshi

    Wow. I didn’t expect a practical or too realistic answer. Well, of course, it’s live action, so we’d expect to see things like this to, at least, follow the rules of reality. Still, this is an excellent answer.

    Other than that, though I haven’t watched much dramas, I don’t really like those severely long scenes where the characters are alone and just blankly stare (sometimes crying) while the camera revolve around them to, somehow, create a dramatic effect (thanks to the often emotional music playing the BG). Rather than being touched, I found those scenes annoying. The Heirs got too much of those, which are just one of the reasons why I dropped it.

    1. mochirochi Post author

      *stares miharusshi while sad music is playing on the background*

      I remember one show I was watching where the characters spent a good amount of time staring at each other and whenever they did the girl’s hair would start swaying with the wind. Even though they were indoors and the windows were clearly closed. I laughed when I watched it, but then it happened another three times in the episode and I started to wonder if their AC needed to be fix or something.

      1. miharusshi

        Hahahaha! So much for the wind effects. XD It seems Korean drama writers have read too much shoujo manga/manhwa.

        Rather than be impressed by the effects that feel forced and are cringe worthy, I’d want the acting and camera angles to elicit the emotions the scene wants the viewers to feel. I’m currently watching It’s Okay, It’s Love and it does just that.

    1. mochirochi Post author

      I was tempted to go with that answer, because that annoys me too! What’s baffling is that the women just go along with it. Sometimes they yank their arm away, but the guy still ends up grabbing their arm in the end and doing as he pleases.

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