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How many wedding themed films has Jennifer Aniston been in?
Wedding Themed Films
Just Go With It (2011)
The Switch (2010)
The Bounty Hunter (2010)
Love Happens (2009)
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
Marley & Me (2008)
The Break-Up (2006)
Friends With Money (2006)
Rumor Has It (2005)
Along Came Polly (2004)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
If I missed some that's because I'm impressed with the list so far!
Seems like Jennifer Aniston takes on films that have some sort of marriage conundrum going on or else there's a happily ever after associated with the characters.
Why did I look these up?
Happily Ever After in romance novels usually incorporates a marriage ending. Complete with white picket fence and baby. These items can also be found in other sub-genres of romance but with a different take i.e. the main characters find their soul mates or embark on a multi-series in depth relationship rather than marriage. The end result is the same: the heroine and hero get together and are happy.
Does this mean that marriage is being promoted as the be-all-and-end-all answer to a happy life in romance books?
In my opnion: yes. Considering how popular some of Jennifer Aniston's films are I would argue that the public seeks hope.
I write romance and give my characters happy endings. I do not believe however, that this can translate into my own life. I draw a line between fiction and my own experience.
So, why do we read romance if the happy ending isn't realistic?
Heather Sharfeddin believes: "The popular version of the happy ending is destructive to our culture in several ways. Certainly it creates unrealistic expectations, and it does so very subtly."
I believe that we read to explore our own selves. We engage in characters who don't exist to fulfill our need for knowledge and self-fulfillment. I do not believe this is harmful to our culture. We are capable of dividing fact from fiction. I do believe, in fact, that we need more happy endings in a world for example, so terrorized by extremists that we are still at war. Other examples in our world are people experiencing natural disasters and famine or genocide. A world we do not write in romance. I believe we need hope and that writers provide hope. Romance writers allow us to believe that with love, anything is possible and really, a world without love is not a world I'm interested in.
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