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Why are "chick flicks" so popular?

Updated on October 2, 2011
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From childhood on, romance movies still have women tangled up

Do you remember as a child watching Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and The Little Mermaid? Do you remember how those movies made you feel? Dreaming about your prince charming and the way that you would meet? Would he take you from the lonely existence to a place where you felt whole?

Well as we have grown so has the version of prince charming in movies. He has went from that quiet soft spoken guy to the rough tough gun toting western hero into the cynical kind of hard to take city boy. Why are we so infatuated with the idea of finding that one man that might not always be our "dream guy" but is the guy that seems to be exactly what we need?

My guess is that even though our society has evolved we still have our initial human instincts are still encoded into our minds. As humans we need and seek out love. These movies speak to our natural instincts, they help us cling to the hope that are soul mates are out there. The movies show us that our prince charming can come in many forms. He doesn't have to be royalty or even rich, he just has to understand us and speak to our hearts. He will see us in a way that no one else does, the real person that hides behind whatever outlet that we chose to separate ourselves from the rest of the world so that in today's society we seem strong and independent. For some women it is our careers, glasses, books, and our education , we want to come off like we don't need anyone else, but in all truthfulness we want someone to come home to at the end of a long and exhausting day. That person that we can just sit beside, and watch a movie or who will go to the grocery store and help carry the groceries in to the house. When times get hard we want that person to hold us while we cry.

Why are "chick flicks" so popular? Because they allow us to hope that the one person that we will bond with is out there, no matter what form he takes. Our prince charming is the man that fits us best and my not be the popular ideals that we form as children but the real life man that makes our dreams look like the childish fantasies that they really are.


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      newday98033 6 years ago

      Voted up again in reprise!

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      Erin Boggs1 6 years ago from Western Maryland

      I hope that it helps when dealing with movie night at your house :)

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      newday98033 6 years ago

      Thank you Erin. It is always interesting to see the other side of boy/girl.

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      Erin Boggs1 6 years ago from Western Maryland

      Thank you Stevennix2001 and jacqui2011, I think that Hollywood is slowly evolving the persona of "prince charming" to help people to see that while love is possible that people will still have their corks and hopefully those looking for love will be more likely to see that people are still people. A flawed prince charming is perfect for the reality of today's society. Thank you for your honest and great responses :)

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      An interesting view of the "prince charming" aspect. I love chick flicks, the romance and the happy ever after. It is all fantasy though as real life comes with its ups and downs.

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      hmm..interesting hub. I have to say that I never looked at it like that before, but you do bring up some good points that I can see what you're getting at. Not that it would apply to me, as i prefer women myself. lol. however, it does shed light on a lot of the stereotypes about the prince charming character that's portrayed in many movies.

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