When watching a ‘love story’ or ‘love drama’ movie, many of us girls find ourselves mirroring Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: post-breakup, binge watching sappy love movies and devouring our weight in chocolate.
Admittedly, the majority of us are probably crying over the lack of men with stereos standing on our front lawn, throwing rocks at our windows or sending us dozens of roses proclaiming their undying love (seriously, flowers die in three days’ tops – chill.)
This caused me to question – what gives us ladies these high expectations of men, that our modern man clearly cannot live up to? After careful consideration, I’ve come to the conclusion that John Green and Nicholas Sparks have a lot to answer for. Love movies, or “chick flicks” portray a knight in shining armour who comes to whisk away plain Jane or the girl next door, but in reality most of us don’t even get a text back.
So, I’ve decided if you can’t beat the single blues – rather than join them, why not make fun of them? Here are the top 5 most HORRIBLE life lessons you could possibly absorb from our most beloved Rom-coms and Chick Flicks.
- True love is in the heart of consistent deceit and carefully thought out lies.
The culprit: How to lose a guy in 10 days
In this 2003 film, a journalist in the desperate search for a great article, decides to begin an experiment on how to lose a man in only ten days. Conveniently, the guy she chooses to test her theory on is also trying to prove the point that he can charm any woman into love. In the end they fall in love (of course) and all ends well, because apparently lies and deceit are the foundation for a solid, and trustworthy relationship. Who knew?!
- Hang from a Ferris wheel until she agrees to go out with you (while sitting next to another man)
The culprit: The Notebook
Probably one of the most talked about, and cliché chick flicks, The Notebook is a tale of two young lovers who are complete opposites and spend 95% of the film arguing with each other. Although the intention of Noah’s character is to be incredibly romantic and spontaneous, I can’t help but find his actions borderline stalker-alert. Early on in the film he hangs from a Ferris wheel at a fair, demanding Allie go on a date with him numerous times and threating to let go and fall to his death until she agrees. “I have no other choice” – I could think of many other choices Noah, just saying.
Then after many years apart Noah explains that he wrote to Allie 365 times, because you know, if she didn’t respond after the first letter why not try 364 more times?