CTCS Paper Two

CTCS Paper Two - Aleena Khan 8329709042 Paper Assignment #2...

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Aleena Khan 8329709042 Paper Assignment #2 T.A. Lara Bradshaw November 22 nd , 2011 “The Women” meet “Sex and The City” A romantic comedy is established as a genre that has a “quest for love” as its central narrative; the quest is portrayed “in a light-hearted way and almost always to a successful conclusion” [McDonald, ‘Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre, Page 9]. These traits are mirrored in both ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘The Women’, where the main heroines in the film end up reuniting with their lovers, resulting in a happy ending. The myth of a romantic comedy always remains the same; it consists of the typical “boy meets girl” plot, which exists to show that “the Western, capitalist society has traditionally relied on monogamy for its stability” [McDonald, ‘Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre, Page 13]. Filmmakers of romantic comedies typically follow the myth of “boy meets girl, boy loses girl, and boy gets girl”, with the film ending in coupling. Whilst the established myths of romantic comedies stay the same throughout various film eras, the iconography and conventions of these films often change as a result of a shifting time period. Although ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘The Women’ are both classified as romantic comedies, the historical changes from the ‘Classical’ to ‘Postmodernism’ culture distinguish the way the genre conveys meaning to the audience. It is often argued that romantic comedies “supply on-screen fantasy of perpetual bliss which is usually lacking in real life”. The ideologies portrayed in romantic comedies create a sort of expectation for the spectators watching the films; the audience starts to compare their real life relationships to the ones illustrated by the fictional characters on-screen. One should consider whether the romantic comedy genre 1
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negatively promotes daydreams, making audiences “long for perfection which can realistically never be accomplished” [ McDonald, ‘Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre, Page 14 ]. Spectators are often left discontented with their own lives and relationships after watching romantic comedies, which seem to fantasize romantic love rather than portray its reality. This is why romantic comedies, such as “Sex and the City”, often end before the couple embarks on married life; the filmmaker chose to end the film once Carrie and Big finally get married, rather than continuing the film to witness the trials and tribulations of their marriage. The happy endings and seemingly perfect men create illusions that this perfection actually exists and ultimately leaves women hopeless as they can never replicate on-screen romances in their own lives. However, filmmakers have started to convey awareness of realistic issues such as divorce, biological clocks, myths about shortages of men, and difficulties of finding true love. Throughout the evolvement of time periods in cinema, romantic love has become less idealized, and more realistically exposed. “The Women” was produced in the Classical period, which referred to the time
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CTCS Paper Two - Aleena Khan 8329709042 Paper Assignment #2...

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