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Romantic comedies can shape expectations of what love is really like

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  • Virgil SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 24, 2012 7:18 p.m.

    I've heard it said that if we put a tenth of the effort and emphasis that we put into weddings into marriages instead, the divorce rate would plummet.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    May 25, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    Yes, romantic comedies, dramas, novels, as well as music and other media influence expectations about what love is like.

    Isn't that great! Literature and various expressions of human experience have been shared and drawn upon to shape the meanings in our lives from the beginning of time. If you don't agree with the meanings being shared, get in the race and produce high quality romantic comedies, novels, and music that expresses your meanings. If it resonates with others, maybe you can get rich!

    Good luck!

  • dlw7 LOGAN, UT
    May 25, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    I grew up with the "and they lived happily, ever after" which is as unreal as the myths romantic comedies on TV now promote. Marriage is hard work--good times, but bad times that a couple have to work through. These sitcoms would have you believe you can laugh your way through everything and when it does not work our, then divorce is laughable too. TV projects and promotes unreal thoughts and ideas.

  • Mr DL Bel Air, MD
    May 25, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    I often have commented to my wife that chick flicks are as harmful to women as porn flicks are for men. Both can create unrealistic expectations of the opposite sex, and both lead to unhappiness in a day-to-day relationship. I have read many articles in the Deseret News warning of the dangers of pornography. This is the first article I've seen warning about the dangers of romantic comedies.