Why the “She Fell First, He Fell Harder” trope is superior

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This trope is more than just its name.

And it’ll make our hearts swoon.

We’re familiar with romance stories with “strangers to lovers,” “enemies to lovers,” and “fake dating.” But movie tropes have evolved over time as well as in romance films. There is this trope where the female character falls first and the male character falls back with deeper feelings.

This trope is called the “She Fell First, He Fell Harder.”

Like any other trope, this one has layers that show why it’s more than just its name. Here are reasons why it’s so superior and should be recognized more.

We see the female gaze through the female character’s feelings toward the male character

The term “female gaze” has been trending on social media as of late. TWSS Magazine says The female gaze is said to focus on emotional intelligence, social interactions, and treating each character with respect. The way female characters view the male characters is soft and pure. They might show genuine feelings and intentions and want to get to know the male lead better.

When female characters successfully get the male character’s attention

Who says girls have to be prim and proper to get their crush to notice them? We sometimes do the weirdest things to get our crush’s attention, right? And girls aren’t an exception to that.

When the female character finds a way to talk to her crush, you’d wish nothing but for her to have a moment after all that effort. And when it does happen…Hooray!

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When the male characters slowly realize they’re falling in love

When they realize that the girl has a different side to them, the boy slowly appreciates their presence and falls for them. As the romance slowly builds up, their feelings do too. 

And when men (especially written by women) fall hard they won’t mind listening to the girl talk about mundane things. Sometimes, they don’t even realize they’re slowly falling in love.

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Focuses on the female character’s emotional maturity and development

Female characters may chase their crush around, and try to talk to them to get to know them better— but women also like men who are respectful. They know when to draw the line when something or someone is toxic.

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When men finally reciprocate women’s feelings, they fall HARD

It makes our hearts swoon when male characters make the female characters feel safe. It’s so pure that even the phrase “you are beautiful” doesn’t sound cringe-y. Even if they just talk about mundane things, they wouldn’t mind. They’d just listen and maybe in the future, they’d remember that detail about them. We all want men like that. *cries a waterfall*

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Yes, a woman can fall first, and oftentimes, she’s a strong, independent person that catches your attention and might even rub you off. And yeah, women can also be the biggest simps but don’t be fooled that it’s all they know. Women know their worth and draw the line the moment they are taken advantage of.

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