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How Movies Give Us Unrealistic Expectations on Love

Illustration by David Rappeneau

Illustration by David Rappeneau

Ever since I was a little girl, I watched movies about princesses always finding their prince charming. I grew up believing that I would easily find mine too; all I needed was a glass slipper. I thought the perfect guy would show up out of nowhere and sweep me off my feet. Boy, was I wrong.

First of all, he was there all along, someone I talked to everyday. He was a hidden treasure of sorts. Second, he wasn’t perfect and it didn’t take me long to figure it out. I discovered that my hidden treasure was really just a monster in disguise. Now I know that there is no such thing as a prince charming.

I gave up on the fairytales. No more poisoned apples or being trapped in a castle. But still, I expected more. Even in romantic comedies, the guys seemed almost perfect. The guys in movies always had this fire in their eyes when they were in love with a girl.

I wanted to be serenaded in front of the bleachers. I wanted someone to build me a telescope and name a star after me. I wanted a guy to stand outside my window, playing our song on a boom box. I wanted to see that special spark in someone’s eyes as they looked at me. But, it never happened. I suppose it’s easier to act in love than it is to actually be in love.

In my life, there have been no grand romantic gestures. Instead, I’ve been stood up and forgotten. I’ve been brushed aside and belittled. Despite my constant efforts and the gestures I’ve made on my own, I have been left with nothing.

I wanted all these things, but now I realize that it’s all nonsense.

Every love story, real or imagined, is special in it’s own way. It’s more important that the feelings are real and the actions are meaningful. I don’t need half-hearted words or empty promises. I just need the truth.

Love is tricky, and sometimes it can be messy, but it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world. Love is important, regardless of your age, sex, race, or gender. Everyone deserves to be loved and to be with whomever they want to love.

Written By Alex Owens

Illustrator David Rappenau, who also goes by the name Prince Diamond, is a mysterious and reclusive presence on the Internet art scene. His work is both nostalgic and futuristic in its scenes of larger-than-life bombshells.Hope you like him as much as we do.

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