Small town romantic tropes everywhere!
So, I’m a huge fan of the Hallmark channel. The second my husband leaves for work I turn off the news (I think I’m too delicate for that crap anymore) and I turn on my ‘safe space.’ I have the Hallmark channel on in the background all day long. I believe it has saved my sanity. With that in mind, I decided that this year I was going to print out the Hallmark channel’s Countdown to Christmas Checklist (yes, there’s a checklist!), and dissect the movies they come out with.
Because there are tropes. So, so many tropes–and lots of lovable staples. And if there’s one thing that romance writers LOVE… you guessed it. Tropes. Here’s a little Hallmark trope definition for those that are confused as to what tropes are.
So I’m going to trope/cliché/staple-count and review this year’s Countdown to Christmas movies.
So, the first movie of Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas: Jingle Bell Bride
City girl up for a promotion ✓
Clean cut couple ✓
Small town setting (Alaska) ✓
Cute meet ✓
Music Program in need of funding ✓
Shopping for Christmas tree ✓
Cute, INSANELY decorated house ✓
Sweet old person who is very wise and bakes ✓
Winter storm (no flight out of small town) ✓
Mean co-worker sabotaging main character at work ✓
MAIN EVENT: Jingle Bell Flower Festival ✓
CONTEST: Jingle Bell Princess crowning (heroine wins) ✓
Kiss at the end ✓
This was cute movie that covered a lot of the tropes and clichés we seem to want in our Hallmark movies. I wasn’t super impressed with the heroine at first. She was more about her job than her family (which again, is a normal trope). The hero, on the other hand, had left the big city after a divorce, and went back to his small hometown to help out family (which was a beautiful save the cat moment and made him super lovable!). Of course, at the end of the movie (SPOILER) it’s all about family.
And the decorations… My God! Everywhere. Who doesn’t want to live in a Hallmark small town? The Grinch. That’s about it.
I won’t spoil the ending, but I’ll just say that they didn’t end up where I thought they would. Oh, and just FYI… I’m almost positive no one stops for moose crossings. LOL But I guess it was a good way for them to get stuck in the snow. 😉
I’d rate this movie:
Here’s a sneak peak for those who might be interested in seeing this movie: