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?