Oh romantic movies, you don’t half highlight the flaws in our own relationships. Add a slow-motion effect and a touch of romantic music though, and our own lives would look just as dreamy... kind of. Dim the lights, cue the romantic music and get your tissues at the ready because we’ve got some real tear-jerking romance here for you.
Here are seven romantic things that only happen in movies.
Cliche 1: Romantic music and slow motion
In romantic dreamland, the scenes are always punctuated by beautiful music and slow-motion effects at the most opportune moments. Cuddling in the supermarket? Musical underscore. Kissing in bed? A chorus of violins. If only our romances were underscored by a beautiful symphony. Instead, we’ve usually got the washing machine whirring round and the phone ringing in the background during our passionate moments.
Cliche 2: The sex is always perfect
Crikey! If our sex was that spontaneous, we would have almost certainly forgotten to shave our legs, the bedroom wouldn’t be dimly lit with a flattering light that made our skin glow and never would we end up finding the right moment to put that sexy lingerie on that covers a large portion of our body and makes us look drop-dead-gorgeous. Our sex would probably be better too if we were pretty much fully dressed. No more worrying about our least favourite body parts = full concentration.
Cliche 3: Waking up looking delightful
When we wake up in the morning next to our other half, we look in the mirror and swiftly realize that we’ve got sleep in our eyes, our pajamas are all twisted and we have caveman hair. When the characters in the rom-coms wake up, they look perfectly polished with a beautiful fresh face and not a strand of hair out of place. Plus, they can give each other a "good morning" kiss without worrying about morning breath.
Cliche 4: Gazing into each other’s eyes while driving
Do romance characters not have any concern for pedestrians or fellow drivers? They drive along talking about sweet nothings and even have time to gaze into each other’s eyes instead of looking at the road. If that was us, we’d have crashed before we even got to say “your eyes are like whirlpools.”
Cliche 5: Stalking is romanticised
In the movies, one character obsesses over another character until they eventually get together and live happily ever after. If that happened in real life, the obsessed character probably would have been issued with a restraining order and a hard whack around the face, not a proposal. If this did happen in real life, we’d probably be pretty annoyed to be honest. A husband/wife who used to stalk us? We’ll find a normal person, thanks.
Cliche 6: The less popular one attracts the object of everyone’s desires
In our world, gents go on dates looking dapper and the ladies get dressed up to the nines too. In the movies, it’s always the guy or girl who looks a little unkempt that ends up finding love with the object of everyone’s desires. We wish lovely partners were attracted to us that easily. While the nerdy girl/guy always ends up looking great at the end of the movie, their partner was attracted purely to their personality from the start. That’s true love.
Cliche 7: Arguments turn into marriage
Many romantic love stories in the movies start like this: woman and man can’t stand each other, they put up with each other and argue, then they fall in love and live happily ever after. If we’d got married to every person who annoyed us, we’d probably have achieved a world record by now. If only arguments turned into romance in real life. Finding Mr or Mrs Right would be a breeze.
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