Monday, May 02, 2011
A romantic comedy, a chick flick, or emotional porn for women? It's based on the novel. Maybe men do have to put a foot down and say no when their gfs or SOs ask them to watch such movies with them -- they reinforce false notions of romantic love and the unrealistic ideal of companionate marriage. A soulmate = a woman who looks like a man on the outside.
The novel seems to be more feminist than the movie -- "It addresses the stigma against single women in their thirties and the pressure that society places on them to get married. 'This is a realistic situation that women face in today's society,' according to one book review." It is one thing for people to be judgmental of singles, especially when they do not know them, but on the other hand, the majority of people are probably called to marriage, and most women experience the desire to bond and to have children.
The book has received high ratings at Amazon. A woman's mind is too precious to be wasted on chick lit... I think Austen fans with any sense about traditional mores should be able to explain the difference between Austen's novels and the majority of today's fiction written for women.