Guess what happened? Last week was the 1st year anniversary of Tuesday Tropes (first post here), and I completely failed to mention anything or hold a party. It kinda made me feel like I was going to the doghouse, but maybe this next related entry will make up for it?
The Forgotten Anniversary - when a certain date that holds special meaning, specifically on an annual basis, is forgotten, resulting is hurt feelings, confusion, and a rush to make things right. Pretty self-explanatory. Often used for comedic effect, but this trope is no laughing matter. Just ask James Taggart from Atlas Shrugged. He turned to the dark side after forgetting his wedding anniversary. See, guys. Don't be a James. Get some flowers.
You've got mustard on your face ...
Video games are not immune to this trope, either. Remember Metal Gear Solid 2? Jack was so focused on the mission that he forgot quite a few things, including a certain, special date involving Rose.
I ... um ... yeah, sure ...
It doesn't have to be about relationships or weddings, per say. Someone could forget a birthday, the day they bought their car, a movie that came out years ago, a political event, anything that has an annual date and holds special, or even sacred meaning to people. All parties can forget the anniversary, too, but it makes more sense to have someone remember it or else the subject wouldn't be brought up in the first place. Either way, this trope makes for good drama.
Ever had this trope appear in your stories? Has this ever occurred to you in real life? With someone you know? How did you fix it?
I'm David, and nothing jogs memory like midnight fishing!