Essay on Romance Movies and Real Life Relationships

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Today, romance is one of the most popular genres to watch on television. Unlike most, romance is a genre where the plot revolves around the love between two main characters as they experience the highs and lows of love. “Common themes that revolve around romantic movies are kissing, love at first sight, tragic love, destructive love, and sentimental love” (Taylor). These themes appear in many historical films and the pattern still continues in modern films as well. Watching romantic movies has a giant negative influence on the viewer's analysis of what love and relationships should really be like. These films give the wrong impression of reality when it comes to dating, marriage, having children, and even how to manage a relationship in…show more content…
The article “Romantic Comedies Affect Beliefs About Relationships”, written by Arlyn Riskind, suggests to readers that romantic films are a major source for developing unrealistic expectations about love and relationships. “A survey of 335 undergraduate students in the Midwest found a significant relationship between reporting watching romantic films often and belief in the ideals “love conquers all,” “one and only” love (soul mate) and “love at first sight” (Riskind). These findings compliment the expectation that watching romantic movies is a major source leading to the unrealistic expectations among viewers. In addition, romantic comedies also give the wrong impression on relationships. If viewers are getting the wrong idea about love itself, then that leads them into expecting more out of relationships as well. “Almost every romantic movie is generally targeted toward women and has the same basic format: Boy meets girl, mutual feelings develop, conflicts arise and are overcome. Then, the story concludes with a happy ending as the two characters live happily ever after together” (Hefner). The article “Contradictory Messages: A Content Analysis of Hollywood-Produced Romantic Comedy Feature Films”, written by Kimberly Johnson and Bjarne Holmes, explains a study that they had conducted together. Their study analyzed the romantic content of a sample of 40 romantic comedy
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