By Blair Pott
As the holiday season draws near all that comes to mind are the movies, exploitation, and dramatization of what Hollywood believes love to be. Being a hopeless romantic myself it sets an untouchable bar for expectations and what the true essence of love is. Love encompasses a lot of factors such as sacrifice, time, energy, courage, bravery, trust, and a sturdy foundation. However, in movies depicted by Hallmark and Free Form these channels display love as a frilly emotion that for whatever reason is easy to navigate. The waters of love are anything but that, the reason being is that love is just like a rose, you peel back the layers one petal at a time until you discover what truly lies underneath. Discovering that takes time and devotion that the 21st century has seemed to have given up on. The essence of love has somehow vanished into a hook up culture that has gravitated into the social norm.
On the other hand movie’s such as The Christmas Card from Hallmark portray a budding relationship between an Army Sergeant Cody Cullen and his pen pal Faith Spellman. Through the course of the movie he tries to win her over after discovering she was the one that sent him The Christmas Card that saved his life overseas. Like all chick flicks there is a happily ever after but that movie shows that by peeling back the layers you can find the true essence of love. Movies like these give young women hope that maybe there are still gentlemen in this cruel world that care about more than just an image and having a piece of arm candy. Fictional characters like Cody Cullen show women to keep their expectations high and to never settle for anything less than prince charming.
… Even if he is caught in a tree somewhere.