I've been watching a lot of movies lately, mostly chick flicks. I've always watched them, drooled over them, memorized every line.
Even though I was raised on princess stories and romantic comedies, I've never really fallen to what they deliver. Damsel in distress? Not me. Preaching about fate and destiny and finding a soul mate? Not me either. I've never even daydreamed about my wedding. So why do I melt when I watch yet another movie where John Cusack talks straight to me, or...err, the camera? Why are my favorite movies Dirty Dancing and Pretty in Pink if I don't live this stuff in my everyday life?
Maybe it's because I like the "escape." I know that it's not going to happen for me. I didn't spend my night after high school graduation chasing down a guy I loved for four years, only to find out he felt the same way. I haven't randomly boarded a train only to meet someone I was destined to spend the rest of my life with. I haven't met a John Cusack type, and that's about the only thing I want from these crazy stories I wrap myself up in. I just can't get enough of that man in black.
So why do we do it? Why do we watch these movies, knowing that it can't and most likely won't happen for us? Why torture yourself? We know that The Notebook doesn't happen every day. Yet we read the books tens of times before they become a movie and when they do, we buy the movie tickets in advance. It's our grown-up version of those princess fairy tales we read as little girls.
I may not be one of "those girls," drowning in the movie and expecting it in real life. But it's a nice fantasy, and maybe it's what we crave in the back of our heads.