Romantic Cliches - they exist for a reason
by Maricruz Tennill
Though of course it's true that not everybody likes chocolate (and it's certainly not a good idea to buy it for someone on a strict diet), as a romantic gesture, presenting someone with a box of chocolates generally takes a lot of beating. It works particularly well, of course, if it's just a spur of the moment gift, and not the result of a birthday, anniversary or apology. These days, you can even make your cliched chocolates more personal to the recipient companies like Thorntons offer services where you can add photographs to boxes, or even write messages in icing on your chocolates.
Another classic romantic cliche is the gift of a dozen red roses. It may sound corny, but you'd be hard pushed to find someone that wouldn't appreciate such an elaborate bouquet. And, if you fancy changing things up a little bit, why not go for a more exotic arrangement, such as something with orchids or flowering kale? Whatever the associations, flowers ultimately let someone know that you're thinking about them and want to spoil them a little. If you live in a city, there are undoubtedly florists wherever you turn: Interflora, for example, sells flowers in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol and, of course, lots of other cities that don't begin with B!
A cliche that gets used repeatedly in romantic comedies and dramas is that of one partner standing up for the other in a tricky situation. Now, this is certainly not to say that everyone should rush off to start a fight with their partner's disagreeable landlord, but it is worth noting that taking your loved one's side in even the smallest of battles can be a romantic gesture in itself. In the end, you're showing that you trust your partner and that you believe they deserve more than their given lot. It needn't be a fight to the death just show that you care.
So yes, romantic cliches can be tacky and badly contrived in films and on television, but that's not to say you can't make them work for you. Take an age old tradition and make it your own ? you'd be surprised at what it can do for your relationship.
So yes, romantic cliches can be tacky and badly contrived in films and on television, but that's not to say you can't make them work for you. Take an age old tradition and make it your own you'd be surprised at what it can do for your relationship.
Maricruz Tennill, freelance writer, wrote this article after investigating the services of Interflora florists in Birmingham and across the UK.