One of my favorite things about the holiday season is watching all the movies, new and old, during the annual Countdown to Christmas on the Hallmark Channel. I love, love, love romantic comedies. Plus, watching the Christmas rom-coms has become a fun tradition that my mom and I do every year.
And you know what? They can be educational too. For all you writers out there, many of the Hallmark movies contain good examples of various romance tropes and story points.
One of my favorite Hallmark movies is Snow Bride. It’s about Greta Kaine, a tabloid reporter, who is assigned to get some dirt/gossip on the prestigious Tannenhill family. Greta drives up to the Tannenhill estate, but she gets caught in a snowstorm. To keep warm, she puts on a wedding dress that belongs to her friend. Ben Tannenhill rescues Greta from the storm, thinking that she’s a runaway bride who got lost in the snow (hence the name of the movie).
So that’s the meet-cute, one of the first elements in many romances.
Of course, Greta doesn’t tell Ben that she’s a reporter, and she meets his family, including Jared, his brother, who is now dating Claire, Ben’s ex-girlfriend. Naturally, Ben is surprised by this turn of events, so he says that Greta is his new girlfriend. Greta sees this as a chance to get her story, so of course she goes along with it.
So now we have even more conflict and drama, along with a fake-relationship-that-turns-real plotline. That’s one of my favorite romance tropes. Plus, Claire is a really nasty villain, who is determined to become a Tannenhill no matter what it takes.
Of course, the black moment, or low point of the story, comes when Ben finds out that Greta is a tabloid reporter. But I don’t think that it’s too much of a spoiler to say that the couple winds up happily ever after in the end.
I also really like the royal-themed Hallmark movies, like A Princess for Christmas, A Royal Christmas, and Crown for Christmas. Like Snow Bride, those all have a lot of good conflict and drama, as you have the culture clash of ordinary people getting swept up in the royal world. Plus, the commoner-falls-in-love-with-a-prince is another one of my favorite romance tropes.
Also, in these movies and pretty much all the other Hallmark ones, the locations, decorations, and costumes are really lovely.
I’m looking forward to re-watching these movies, as well as checking out the new ones for this year. If you need a break from all the holiday hustle and bustle or just want to think about story elements and how they go together, you might want to check out some of these movies. You can’t beat fun and educational, right? 🙂
What about you guys? Do you watch any of the holiday Hallmark movies? What are some of your favorite holiday movies?