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13 Common Love Story Plots You Can’t Miss Out (Part 2)

June 8, 2012 3 comments

8.   The ‘Coffee, tea or love me?’ plot. Cliché as it may sound but this plot happens often in real life. A bachelor works like a madman in his office. His efficient but old secretary is about to resign and now he wants a better if not the best replacement. Then here comes Ms. Secretary. Beautiful, with the ability of 3 secretaries merged into one and can make him forget about the pile of papers he needs to autograph. They work overtime allowing the two of them to really know each other in a different light. Ms. Secretary on the other hand, finds her boss charming and can make her heart skip a beat. Basically you get the idea. This plot usually takes place inside the perimeters of their working place with the employees as their supporting characters

9.   The ‘Langit ka, Lupa ako’ plot. This is divided into two classifications. The first is that a slum girl meets a gorgeous and rich bachelor in the streets while selling stuffs like fruits, sampaguita, good morning towels and what-have-you’s. They instantly hit it off but there is one problem: The rich mother wants someone with breeding to be paired to his son and not just a random girl he meets in the streets. The guy, who is undoubtedly head over heels in love, would defy his mother’s wishes and decides to elope with the girl instead. But almost all love stories do have happy endings. The wicked mother, realizing he loves his son very much would just open-heartedly accept the vendor girl. End.

The second one is basically the same as the first but with a twist at the end. Instead of the guy fighting for his love, something tragic would happen, like his father is suddenly hospitalized and he needs to choose whether to continue seeing the girl or just accept his mother’s wish for his father’s sake. He chooses the first option. The girl was heartbroken but in the middle of her grieving, a lawyer shows up telling her that she is in fact the heir of an oil magnate who is about to die. She opted to see the old man and discovers that the lawyer was telling the truth and that she is actually rich. Because she and her loved one are now part of the same circle, they often see each other. The good part is that they patched things up and the mother, because the girl is actually rich, never bothered to interfere with his son’s love affair.

10.  The ‘Nalasing kami kaya may nangyari sa amin’ plot. This plot happens to either two friends, or two complete strangers. For the friends, it is a usual scene to see them hanging together. However, at that particular moment, other members of the barkada are nowhere to be found. Just the two of them sharing their own personal problems and stuffs. The next day, they wake up due to headache with a touch of surprise. They are both naked and a red stain on the blanket is VERY visible. Ketchup maybe? The thing is they don’t remember anything. Awkward moments are expected but they decided to shrug it off and pretend that nothing happened. But situation like this is hard to forget. They would think about each other and the supposedly ‘maiinit na tagpo’ that took place when they were wasted.

For the strangers, the girl is maybe in her middle 20’s but is totally a pure and timid girl. When she and her girl friends meet, the topic would always be about her. So to prove them wrong, she decides to get rid of her virginity by picking up a hot dude in the bar. But before that, she took too many shots to muster all the courage and throw away her inhibitions. After the steamy night though, the two strangers, for some unexplained reasons keep seeing each other in unexpected circumstances.

11.  The ‘I’m your slave/I’m the great pretender’ plot. These two plots are somewhat connected to each other because they usually start with a dare. The first one happens when one of them loses a bet and as a payment, would act as a slave for let’s say a week or a month, following his or her master’s orders. Carry my bag, or shine my shoes or do my assignment are some of the more classic examples. The second plot on the other hand is where the guy or the girl’s friends would make a bet that if he or she can make that person like him or her, the friends are willing to pay a price. So they would give in into the situation. Actually they like the person already and they see these situations as a blessing rather than curse.

12.  The ‘Beauty and the beast’ plot. A plot inspired by fairytales wherein the girl or the boy falls in love with a not-so-gorgeous-human-being. The guy is usually a heartthrob whose girlfriend is a beauty queen, model or actress. The girl is a simple girl whose beauty is not well-pronounced. But despite this, the guy falls in love with her because of her pure heart and innocence. However, because of the guy’s track record when it comes to his previous girlfriend, he was ashamed to admit to his friends that he fell in love with a simple girl. The girl, hurt by the guy’s actions, weeps and breaks up with the guy. He was threatened to lose her so he makes a cheesy proposal in front of many people to prove to her how much he loves her.

13.  The ‘The Spell can be broken with true love’s kiss” plot. Now this is not happening in real life but still an old time favorite. One of the many modern samples is Beastly and Enchanted. There was once a handsome but rude guy. He thinks he can get away with his looks always so he does things his own way. But one day, faith interfered. A sickly lady appears asking him for his help but instead of showing compassion and pity, he laughs at her. But the lady is actually a fairy. She turns him into an old ugly guy and the gives him a flower, weird-looking tattoos, magic hour-glass and other stuffs telling him that when those stuffs ran out, he is to remain ugly forever. Unless, someone (a girl of course) can give him true love’s kiss, and then the spell is broken. Magical.

So there. Thirteen plots. And I can say that there are more. I just find these plots very common (I am reading number 6 right now). The writers ran out of ideas so they just made use of these stories to create another story? Maybe. But that’s not what I thought. For every fictional story, lies a fact. Which can only mean that plots are most of the time inspired by true-to-life experiences and encounters, only covered in flowery and scented words to awaken strong emotions. I hope my own love story would be something like number thirteen. It would really be exciting. I mean, really.

13 Common Love Story Plots You Can’t Miss Out

November 7, 2011 10 comments
I’m no guru. I don’t have a booth somewhere a crowded street offering my services for those who have problems and difficulties regarding their love lives. I don’t also hold a late night radio program encouraging callers to give me a ring and share their most treasured memories with their love ones. I don’t have a book documenting my so-called-knowledge in this area. I am just an ordinary girl who came across a variety of stories from reading too much tagalog and English romance novels, watching cheesy chick flicks and tear-jerkers, and hearing numerous first-hand experiences about love from friends since I was in my fourth grade in elementary.
From all those stories and almost-real-almost-fake collections of mushy proposals, and unending conflicts between the story of a boy and a girl, I came up with 13 common plots you will never miss when you delve into the mysterious world of LOVE.

1. The ‘I’m so stupid for making the biggest mistake of falling in love with my best friend’ plot. These are plots where the scenes include the girl and the boy growing up together in one small barrio. They take a bath in the ‘sapa’ and climb the Kamatsile tree together with other friends. When they reach adolescence, one of them will notice that their best friend is actually cute when he or she smiles, and WHAM! Can’t get him or her off each other’s mind. They will grow cold and eventually part ways. But, in the end, they won’t be able to find someone better than that friend so they will reunite and form a small family in their barrio.

2. The ‘And they call it puppy love’ plot. You usually meet your first love during the early days of your life. Here the young couple will fall in love and experience the sweetness of being in love for the first time. Fishball and sago’t gulaman while walking in the plaza and mallings are just some of the fun parts included in this plot. But something would come up. One of them has to leave for abroad. The young couple will part ways and then meets after a decade and realizes that nothing changed. They still love each other. They will patch things up and rekindle the old flame.

3.  The ‘Sleeping with my enemy’ plot. One plot you can’t miss when reading a book or watching a film is this one. Expect scenes where the main hero and heroine would throw dagger looks towards each other and then later on utters words of hate. The root of the conflict is actually a long-time family feud, incidents of unfortunate events and encounters, and hurtful pasts. It is also safe to predict that in the middle of the story they would be trapped in a situation that they can’t say no to like being stranded in a deserted island. They would lean on each other’s strengths and would start seeing each other in romantic manner.

4.  The ‘Damsel in distress, Knight in shining armor’ plot. Ladies are usually the ones in trouble so her rich dad—a businessman, a politician or a famous public figure—would hire the country’s best bodyguard to protect her precious angel from ‘kalaban sa politika’. Because of the bodyguard’s macho image, the lady falls for his charisma. Then again, the bodyguard resists being involved with his client’s daughter because it is not a good idea mixing business and pleasure. The two, after the lady confesses her feelings, will be involved in a heated argument. The lady flees and would be kidnapped by goons who are just waiting for a good opportunity to abduct their subject. The bodyguard panics and would try to save the lady and in the end, would receive the bullet intended for the lady. He eventually quits his job to start a new life with his client’s daughter. Classic.

5.  The ‘Babangon ako at dudurugin kita’ plot. Revenge is actually a common starting point in most story plots. The leading lady hates the leading man very much because of some deep reasons and would sought justice to make the man pay. She would start stalking the guy and eventually will be involved in awkward situations and the guy would either unveil her true goal or saves her. The guy is usually a lady killer and the girl is as serious as a school principal can be. Predictable but pretty interesting plot.

6.   The ‘Bayaran mo ako’ plot. I don’t have the slightest idea if this plot actually happens in real life but it has something to do with either the female or male lead paying a big a mount of cash just so to get the other to pose as a girlfriend/fake wife/fake husband/boyfriend and other passable roles. One night stands are also quite common. The other person is either in deep shit because of money problems or is black-mailed so he ends up agreeing to play the most coveted role. When the contract is about to expire, the other party would start realizing that he or she wants to make the drama real. You know what happens next.

7.  The ‘bridge’ plot. The guy is in love with his current girlfriend who happens to be the main character’s best friend. The guy, knowing that she knows her best friend more than anyone else in this world, would seek for her guidance every time they fight. She gives him advices on how to pacify the girl and leaks out information on what and what-not to do. In special occasions, she will lend her shoulder and ears to him so he can pour out his frustrations when the two of them fights. On the other hand, upon seeing how good this guy is, the girl starts feeling something for him. However, she rends herself because it is not a good idea stealing her best friend’s boyfriend. Actually, the guy is starting to feel the same way towards her thanks to the casual meet-ups and long hours of talking to her. The guy realizes what a gem the girl is. They started seeing each other secretly but the girl felt guilty. Later on, they face her friend and tell her how they feel. To their surprise, she was cool about it.

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