The mafia, especially my Italian American friends who brag about having family that are "connected". My grandfather is in federal prison for extortion and I promise you there is nothing romantic about it.
A woman running away from her fiancé at the alter. So many commercials, movies, and tv shows. Maybe don’t agree to marry someone and then let everyone spend a ton of money and plan an entire wedding if you don’t want to marry him.
Falling in love with a 'bad boy' and hoping he'll 'change his ways' for you (or 'bad girl' for that matter).
Also, giving your 100% for someone who won't even take a second look at you, hoping that they'll realise how 'amazing' you are and fall for you.
Also, mindless loyalty, if someone has done you wrong, you're not obliged to stay and give out second chances!
Volatile relationships. So many girls I know fawn over Fifty Shades when it is the opposite of real BDSM and just abuse. Also, when that Eminem song "Love the way you lie" came out every girl I went to high school with had the lyrics on their facebooks as if they were romantic. I also see a lot of movies romanticize this type of relationship that is mostly based on the switching between verbal/physical abuse and intense sex. This is not healthy, people!
I don't think many people understand that hollow feeling in your chest when you've been without with any human contact for weeks
Having a farm. It’s a lot of hot, sweaty work that doesn’t care if you’re sick or tired. My college free spirited friends all wanted to live on one because it was “simple”
Breaking up a woman's wedding because "she belongs with you"
Not taking no for an answer. The way Movies, romcoms in particular, play that as romantic is pretty off in reality.
suddenly I’m seeing a whole lot of people
(Mainly YouTubers) pass it off as an edgy quirk. It’s really frustrating.
These "kids suffering from cancer" shows. No, kids suffering from serious diseases doesn't make them "strong" or "fighters" or "inspirational". They're not waiting to be the plot of your dumb soap opera or empowering music video. They're just normal kids. They play, they're scared, they're angry, they love their parents and sometimes they hate them. And portraying them as stronger or braver than adults might just be a parent's wishful thinking. They are just more likely to bottle up their fears and being constantly told how strong they are might just make them keep their fears for themselves. It's okay to be weak sometimes.
I'll take the ironic one and say relationships in general. We expect way, WAY too much out of relationships, thanks in no small part to our media.
No one should expect a relationship to magically fulfill them, make them permanently happy, fix all of their issues, or force them to learn how to love themselves. People that expect this can have major relationship issues later down the road when they find out that no person is able to fill these holes in their own life.
Relationships can be great and having an S/O is a good thing, but if you can't be enough without one, you'll never be enough with one.