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Thursday, December 18

Romance: what will they "study" next?

Romantic Comedies Ruin Your Love Life
"As part of the project, 100 student volunteers were asked to watch the 2001 romantic comedy Serendipity, while a further 100 watched a David Lynch drama.

"Students watching the romantic film were later found to be more likely to believe in fate and destiny. A further study found that fans of romantic comedies had a stronger belief in predestined love.

"Kimberly Johnson, who also worked on the study, said: "Films do capture the excitement of new relationships but they also wrongly suggest that trust and committed love exist from the moment people meet, whereas these are qualities that normally take years to develop.""
It's true that new relationships are full of excitement and do not reflect the reality that sets in after years of togetherness. Only with maturity can a couple accept the not so exciting contentment that comes with time. It's up to the couple to work on keeping a relationship alive. It doesn't just happen while you're sitting there or just going through the motions. That's why I like a good drama- the stuff that happens outside of the fairy tale relationship you have in a new found love.

Yesterday afternoon Netflix delivered the movie, Sex and the City. I have no idea why I ordered it but in the first half hour I was ready to hit, "EJECT." It was the most barf inducing portrayal of "everywoman's" romantic fantasy. After 10 years of waiting for "Big" to come to his senses he bought Carrie the most opulent penthouse apartment in Manhattan (which must have cost a cool $10 million) and built her a closet that was bigger than any room in my house. (I was thinking of which room I could sacrifice to get me one of those closets though.) Then Vogue magazine decided Carrie, the ugliest one of the foursome, should be model for the most lavish wedding gowns ever. Like that would ever happen in real life. And she turned into Bridezilla.

I couldn't believe during the first few acts of the movie that women everywhere were thrilled with it. Ack! I was thinking while watching the beginning, that this movie might give hope to some butt ugly women that Prince Charming himself will come to his senses and give you everything you ever dreamed of in your little girl fantasies if only you starved yourself anorexic. I was munching on some tortilla chips when all of a sudden there was a twist in the plot (so I stayed with it) and three of the four gals did not live happily ever after... until the end when they lived happily ever after. I was looking for a good cry. Didn't happen. Oh well.

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