The Perception of Love in Romantic Films

955 Words Jan 26th, 2018 4 Pages
We've all seen them, those cheesy romantic comedies where two (beautiful) strangers meet and fall in love. They run into some sort of conflict and eventually find a way back to each other in the end. Although that seems like a harmless concept, that kind of "love" results in unrealistic expectations of what a life partner should be, unrealistic expectations of what the ideal woman or man should look like and unrealistic expectations of what constitutes healthy conflict resolution. The majority of women (and men) rush to the theatre to see the new "Rom-Com" in hopes they'll soon find the one they've been waiting for. Although there's nothing wrong with anticipating a new movie, watching romantic films and expecting the same outcome with current relationships or new ones to come hugely impact people's conception of real life love. For instance The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks became, and is to this day, arguably one of the most memorable and romantic films of all time. The main character, Noah, awaits many years for Allie, builds a home for the two of them with his bare hands and writes love letters to her every day for a year. What girl wouldn't be swept away by that? The problem with this, is the fact that many women expect their partner to serenade them with the same kind of effort, money and time that an average relationship doesn't possess in real life. In addition, The Notebook and other films consistently project the theme of fate. The idea that if two people are…

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