(Coming from someone who loves romcoms and feels conflicted about the idea of love) 

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As an avid enthusiast of romantic comedies, I find myself captivated by the magical world of cinema. While the romcom genre undoubtedly generates feelings of empathy,  love, and social connectedness, it is essential to acknowledge the genre’s impact on shaping our perceptions of romantic relationships. Despite my personal appreciation for romcoms, I am now able to recognize the inherent downsides embedded within these films. 

One prevalent issue lies in the portrayal of love through unrealistic lenses. The  perpetuation of concepts like “love at first sight” and the depiction of impossibly fit  actors willing to sacrifice everything for their special someone contribute to a distorted  definition of love. The danger arises when individuals start to believe that if their love  story doesn’t mirror the cinematic ideal, it somehow falls short of authenticity. Love is  far more complex and nuanced than the dreamy scenarios often portrayed on screen. 

While there have been commendable attempts, such as “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” to  inject a sense of reality into the romantic narrative by showcasing the challenges and  melancholy associated with being single, there remains a pressing need for the  romance genre to redefine its portrayal of love and relationships. Rather than  perpetuating an idealistic view, the focus should shift towards presenting a more  authentic representation. 

A crucial aspect of this shift involves highlighting that love does not always come with  a rush of “butterflies in the stomach.” True love is a stable and enduring emotion that  promotes the growth and well-being of both individuals involved. While cinematic fairy  tales may be entertaining, they often neglect the importance of stability and  commitment, two fundamental elements that contribute to the success of real-life  relationships. 

To bridge the gap between reel and reality, the romance genre must evolve to  showcase the genuine complexities of love. By providing audiences with a more  accurate depiction, movies can serve as a valuable tool for individuals to gain insights  into building and sustaining healthy relationships. Movies can be a source of  inspiration, not by promoting unattainable ideals, but by offering relatable scenarios  that resonate with the challenges and triumphs of genuine love. 

Though progress has been made, there is still work to be done in steering the romantic  narrative towards authenticity. A realistic portrayal of love in cinema has the potential  to positively impact couples navigating their own romantic relationships. By presenting  love as a journey filled with mutual growth, commitment, and effort, the genre can  empower viewers to implement valuable takeaways from movies into their personal  lives. Ultimately, relationships are an integral and heartwarming part of our lives, and  embracing a more realistic view of love can enhance the beauty of the commitment  shared between two individuals.

This article was written by Aradhita Dhaddha