You know the Mr. Romance pageant at RT? The one I missed because I had to leave early to eat the bread of oppression last year?
Variety is reporting that a comedy is in the works about “a cynical guy who is forced to enter the Mr. Romance competition to win back the love of his life. The competition, which finds hunks whose photos grace the bodice-ripping covers of romance novels, is a real event.”
Oh, boy. This can’t end well.
Here’s my favorite part: “Romance novels sell 50% of all books, and there is a convention where guys submit themselves to physical and psychological tests to determine their romantic IQ.”
Does anyone find that as hilarious as I do? “Psychological tests?!”
[Thanks to KatieBabs for the link.]
So many people have forwarded this link, I was almost reluctant to read it, because after the New York Times Book Review, I was not sure my blood pressure could take another spike. But here we go anyway.
“Relationship experts” at Heriot Watt University blame romantic comedies for promoting unrealistic expectations when it comes to love. Fans “often fail to communicate with their partners effectively, with many holding the view that if someone is meant to be with you, then they should know what you want without you needing to tell them.”
Oh, for fuck’s sake.
Dear Heriot Watt University “experts:”
Being a self-absorbed douchewad who doesn’t think that communication is important to a relationship is much more detrimental to marital happiness. But it’s much more fun to blame romance, romantic comedies, and anything else that espouses romantic happiness.
As part of the project, 100 student volunteers were asked to watch the 2001 romantic comedy Serendipity, while a further 100 watched a David Lynch drama.
Students watching the romantic film were later found to be more likely to believe in fate and destiny. A further study found that fans of romantic comedies had a stronger belief in predestined love.
No word on what was asked of the David Lynch viewers.
If you’d like to participate, you too can play along at home.