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Friday, February 13, 2015

True Love Runs Smooth?

The course of true love never did run smooth ~ William Shakespeare

This statement by William Shakespeare is so true. In songs, especially country western, in theater, in movies, on T.V. and in books, love never runs smoothly. And would we want it to?
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I think not. If it ran smoothly, boy would meet girl, and it would be a straight shot to boy and girl live happily ever after. There would be no journey, nothing to root for, we’d probably turn off the TV, walk out of the theater (because it would be a really short play), or throw the book at the wall.

Why would we want to read, listen or watch something like that? We wouldn’t. The more conflict and obstacles our hero and heroine have to overcome the sweeter the reward of their happily ever after for the audience.

Shakespeare in his wisdom new this inherently and used it wisely in his works.

Now if you’re talking REAL life, we probably do want our relationships to run smoothly. But they don’t always, and we learn from each experience, disagreement or argument. I think there would be something WRONG with a relationship where there was no conflict at all. The give and take in a relationship is how we learn to compromise, and gains respect toward our partners.
Can you think of a movie, TV show or book where the romance was obstacle free?

I love “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Fifty 1st dates”, “When Harry Met Sally”, and “Enough Said” just to name a few. All these movies had conflict or obstacles to overcome.

What is your favorite love story: movie or book?



Sarah Raplee said...

Shakespeare was onto something - and so are you, Diana! My husband of over 40 yrs. and I have learned and grown from facing the obstacles to our "Happily Ever After.

Judith Ashley said...

An American President has a great love story in a political setting. Michael Douglas for President!

Diana McCollum said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sarah! My husband and I are always learning from the obstacles that pop up. Oh, Judith, I love that movie too! I think there are just too many good love stories out there. I haven' come close to seeing all of them.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Diana,
Great post. Sleepless in Seattle is one of my all time favourite movies.



Paty Jager said...

The only romance relationships I can think of are some of the old TV shows. They had minor relationship issues. But these days I don't think the average TV watcher would like them.

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Fiola Faelan said...

Great post, Diana! I always think of Romancing the Stone when asked about a romance movie. :) Love the meet up, conflict, and HEA!

Diana McCollum said...

Thanks for stopping by, Margaret! Even the old tv shows had some conflict in relationships: Lucy & Dezi were always hard at work figuring things out! Thanks for stopping by Paty. Hi, Fiola, yes definitely a favorite of mine, Romancing the Stone!

Danita said...

I agree, Diana, the more conflict the better the story- as long as it's resolved by the end, anyway. Great post!

Linda Lovely said...

I will quit reading a romance if the conflicts are mere squabbles and misunderstandings that could be cleared up by two adults talking to one another. However, real conflict/tension does keep the reader engaged and give the characters a chance for growth.

Diana McCollum said...

Hi, Danita, Thanks for stopping by. Yep, it's all about conflict and resolution.

Hi, Linda, I totally agree. thanks for stopping by.

M Pax said...

My favorite is Sense & Sensibility followed closely by Pride & Prejudice.

Henry VIII had very turbulent relationships. :D To say the least.

Diana McCollum said...

Hi, Mary! OMG yes, Henry VIII did have very turbulent relationships! Thanks for stopping by.

Z. Minor said...

I like any movie where people live happily ever after. In real life we know it take patience, communication, and understanding to make any relationship. Thanks for the great post Diana. Great job!!

Diana McCollum said...

Thanks for stopping by, Z.Minor!

Diana McCollum said...

FROM MY FRIEND LINDA BERRY, WHO COULDN'T GET PAST CAPTCHA: English Patient is a wonderfully steamy love story, where the woman steps outside of the "good girl” box to experience love and passion fully. The story is set against the turbulent backdrop of WW2. The world is coming apart at the seams, and so is her love affair.

I love Last of the Mohicans, too. The woman leaves behind polite English society, etiquette and money to flee through the woods during the French and Indian War with a hunk (Daniel Day Luis) who was raised with "Savages." But a little savage can be a good thing

Diana McCollum said...

Oh, Linda, I forgot about those two movies!:)) When Last of the Mohicans came out on DVD, I watched it several times. Thanks for stopping by and I'm sorry you had trouble posting.