Scooped: Obvious rom-com article

I was all prepared to write a blog post about this BBC article titled, "Rom-coms 'spoil your love life,'" but then I realized Amelie Gilette from the A.V. Club had already said just about everything I wanted to say about it in this post. Still, I wanted to post it here, in case anyone missed it. Check it out and give us your thoughts!

My own thoughts are that the BBC article is confusing on many levels. First of all, how obvious is this BBC article? Case in point, this quote from the researchers who conducted the study: We now have some emerging evidence that suggests popular media play a role in perpetuating these ideas in people's minds. Since when is this a new concept? Media Studies has been a serious academic field of study for at least four decades!

Another weird part of the article is that while some of the subjects watched "Serendipity," others watched a David Lynch drama. What? How is that a control for the rom-com watchers? The first 100 people had unrealistic expectations about romantic relationships, and the second 100 people had nightmares about how their neighbor might be possessed by an evil forest spirit?

And the video that accompanies the articles suggests that somehow women are more susceptible to the messages conveyed by rom-coms than are men. Could this be, perhaps, because the movies in question are marketed to women and women make up the primary audience for them? The genre of romantic comedies is hardly gender neutral.

Anyway, I will quit this rant and let you take over from here. What do you think?

by Kelsey Wallace
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Kelsey Wallace is an editor in Portland, Oregon. Follow her on Twitter if you like TV and pictures of dogs.

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3 Comments Have Been Posted

What about other genres?

This study and its conclusions are very stale, but why have researchers been so slow to look at other genres of popular filmmaking which target specific "quadrants" of the audience? Movies live or die by their first weekend gross, largely due to the shift in focus to 13-18 year old boys, who are more likely to watch a film repeatedly within its first few days of release (sometimes regardless of its quality.) That's lead to tent-pole films, which has then further narrowed into super-hero or comic book movies. In 1980 "Jaws" and "Star Wars" began this turn at the multi-plex. That's nearly 29 years of escapist blockbusters marketed mostly toward young men. Are we to believe that's had no effect on how THEY see or interact with the world around them?

Yeah that's what I was thinking

Yeah that's what I was do action movies give people unreal expectations on their own abilities to save the world from impending apocalypse? Using their spider senses? Guess we need to get more scientists out there to find out!

I feel, if they're going to

I feel, if they're going to scrutinize the effects of these fantasies on women's love lives, they might also want to look into how porn (of the mainstream sort, anyway) creates unrealistic expectations for men which inevitably come crashing down around them once they end up with some useless woman who looks, oh, I don't know, like an actual person?

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