I’ve always had a theory that chick flicks are like porn for girls. It creates a fantasy world of illusion that results in a false sense of the reality of relationships, similar to the clouded reality that actual porn creates for viewers, left to believe that the stories are reality.
I understand the importance of fantasy in all realms of life. What is a little disturbing is that these ‘happily ever after’ images that stop at the wedding leave we, the audience, to assume that that’s ‘the end’ and should be that way for us, as well.
How many people do you know or how many relationships have you been in which this would reflect the truth? Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of happily married friends, but I’d imagine they’d agree that the image of riding off into the sunset on horseback (or whichever cheesy images is emoted) is far from what marriage is like.
I’m certainly not trying to be overly-cynical, but rather genuinely want to know if you all think it’s positive to portray this as a great image of hope, or instead, to stick with some of the newer and more realistic depictions coming out of tinsel town. If you haven’t seen Revolutionary Road , do. It’s an incredibly real insight into marriage.
More so, does anyone else think it odd/ironic that hollywood paints this rosy fairy tale depiction of happily ever after, yet all the while the real life actors are divorcing at higher rates than the national average? From whom should we be taking our advice on the subject?