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.
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!
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.
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