Happily Ever After.

Pride and Prejudice

You know why I like movies with happy endings? Because, I fully recognize that in reality those things rarely if ever happen at all, so I like to have a little happily ever after in my fiction. The reason I bring this up is because lately it seems like there is a stigma surrounding these type of movies. I mean, maybe this has always existed and I am just now realizing it but now that I have realized it, I want to discuss it. So there.

It just seems like if a girl my age says she likes movies with a happily ever after ending then she gets characterized as being silly, or naive, or stupid. Guess what? I’m none of those things (ok, I am occasionally silly…) and neither are my girlfriends who like happily ever afters. In fact, I would say we were more realistic than people who don’t like those movies because we go see them specifically because we know they never happen. We don’t walk out of these movies saying things like “I can’t wait for that to happen to me.” we walk out of them and say “That was a very pleasant break from reality.” Because isn’t the purpose of most films to give you an entertaining break??? Because if that is the case then I want my entertaining break to be really lovely and diverting. I don’t want to walk out of a movie feeling really depressed and broken. I mean, ok, some movies that are really well made and poetic are allowed to make me feel depressed and broken, but most of the time, I just want to continue feeling happy. Because I am really happy. So why shouldn’t my happiness be reflected in my film choices.

And you know something else??? Jane Austen was a brilliant writer and a strong women. So if I want to see one of her many stunning works brought to life and they just so happen to have happy endings- well then that’s just what I’ll do. In your face nay-sayers. And I know I’m on a rant here and that this isn’t that funny of a post (you want something funny read the note at the bottom) but this has been happening more and more often to me when people ask what movies I like. Well, you know what? I like happily ever afters. So screw you.

I’m sick of hearing “But it was so unrealistic” or “It doesn’t stand for anything.” or “You don’t really believe that stuff, do you?”

Yes, it was unrealistic- that’s why I wanted to see it. And yes, actually, it stands for something and that something is 2 hours of complete unawares bliss. And no, I don’t really believe it- again, that’s why I wanted to see it.

Also, this made me think of the biases I have against people’s favorite movies. And I’m not blameless (which is probably shocking to you so take a moment to collect yourself). Anyone who likes the movie “The Other Boleyn Girl” almost automatically loses my respect. Sorry, I’m a history lover and there is almost nothing accurate in that movie (or the book for that matter Philippa Gregory should be ashamed) and I just can’t abide by it. And I  can’t understand how people can enjoy a movie with such glaring inaccuracies. But in the interest of doing unto others blah blah blah, I officially apologize for not respecting your movie choices fans of “The Other Boleyn Girl.” Also, I should apologize to fans of “The Godfather” and “Star Wars” not because I don’t like or respect those movies, but because I have never seen them and that tends to upset their fans. Sorry. Also, I should apologize to “Avatar” fans because though I actually did enjoy the movie I didn’t think seeing it in 3D was worth it. Apparently I’m wrong on that so I’m sorry. Oh yeah, and “Braveheart” for the same historical inaccuracies reasons as “The Other Boleyn Girl” and also, really? Mel Gibson? To play the part of Scotland’s most famous hero? Sorry, I got caught up, really I am apologizing for not liking your movie choices.

Ok- so I think I have purged myself of all my movie choice biases. Which, in a way is a happily ever after. I sure feel happy. Don’t you?

happily ever after

(Note: I used the term “happily ever after” instead of “happy ending” because I was afraid of the type of traffic that term might drive to my blog….I think we all know why.)

16 thoughts on “Happily Ever After.

  1. goodheavensgwendolyn says:

    Jane Austen is the best. Her happily ever afters are excellent–because they’re not contrived, they come right out of each character and they feel like real people when everything turns out right in the end, unlike a vast majority of the idiotic rom-coms nowadays (I’m not saying all of them, because I too like happily ever afters, but there are a few that are just blatantly SO DUMB). Even when Emma ends up with Knightley, it comes in a moment of epiphany so it’s not randomly Emma being like ohhey i like you!!

    Sorry, JA rant. Most people I know hate her.

    If you love Darcy/JA/Happily Ever Afters, you should definitely watch “Lost in Austen” which is this brilliant BBC miniseries about being obsessed with Mr Darcy and happily ever afters. Netflix it or what have you.

  2. “That was a very pleasant break from reality.” Because isn’t the purpose of most films to give you an entertaining break??? ” – Yep, yep, yep – exactly my thought too!

    I haven’t seen “The Godfather” either… But I will someday, I hear it’s good 🙂

    I just wish that as many people would look contemptuously at me if I say that I haven’t read Dickens as when I say that I haven’t seen “The Godfather”…

  3. I agree with you that movies are about entertainment and, for me, that often equates to a break from reality and a happy ending, er, I mean, a happily ever after.

    I don’t know why some people feel a need to judge other people for their preferences. Some of the movies I most enjoyed are ones I feel embarrassed about liking. But, why should I feel embarrassed? (They should be the ones who feel embarrassed for making me feel embarrassed!)

    I have to admit, though, that not ALL of my favorite movies are happily-ever-after movies because sometimes I find sick and twisted entertaining, like with “House of Yes” for example. Is that so wrong?

    By the way, you might want to avoid the almost exact opposite-of-happily-ever-after movie, “Requiem for a Dream.”

  4. *applauds*

    I don’t see why people have to put others down just because of their choice of viewing material. Anyone who has read any part of my blog knows what I watch and I make no apologies for it. It’s harmless, mindless fun, so good for you for standing up for what you enjoy!

  5. I watch Pride and Prejudice over and over, especially when I need a good dose of non-reality. You can’t help but love it, and then hate it at the same time because it will never happen that way… it’s still awesome.

    What guy would ever say: “I love you… most ardently…”

  6. marinasleeps says:

    Actually this was quite funny.

    I see your point. I love all movie ending in general. But your right about happy endings. They give you that nice awww bird like feeling. You know, like your flying.

    I also like the WTF just happened feeling, and the explain everything to me feeling, and also the I am going to jump from the San Francisco bridge feeling.

  7. Loved the post. By the way, thank you for bringing to my attention of how biased I really am against movies, especially ones made from books that disregard the book.

    As a fellow Happily Ever After lover, for the same reasons, may I recommend the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth? Even though it is considerably longer, I find that not only the events, but the pace of the movie itself is closer to the book. Though if you really want to see who (in my opinion) is the best Darcy watch the 1940 version with Laurence Olivier. It completely disregards most of the book, but to be he is still the best actor for the role of Mr. Darcy. (Can you tell I love Pride and Prejudice in all it’s forms?)

    Sorry, got a little carried away there. Happy movie watching!

    Alora Novas
    http://www.iamnovas.wordpress.com
    http://www.novaslog.wordpress.com

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