I may not be a romantic by nature but if the mood should strike, I can get as swoony as the next gal. Romantic dramas usually aren't my go-to genre, which unfortunately puts Remember Me (opening today), starring Emilie de Ravin (LOST) and Robert Pattinson (who I'm sure needs no introduction) relatively low on my must-view list. But despite my indifference to the tale of an angry rich boy and the girl who loves him, I did notice that the trailer showed hints of things not going well for our young lovers (if nothing else, that Sia song usually triggers some tears, so you know it's not going to be good) and it got me thinking about the tragic vs. the happy ending in the world of romance.
Now this may sound weird but because everlasting love seems pretty fantastical in the first place, maybe a happy ending doesn't seem all that ridiculous. Some films demand a tragedy in the service of a larger story, and I get that. It's not like The English Patient or Titanic is going to work as effectively if Katharine were to jump up in the cave yelling 'All better!' or Jack suddenly finds a spare lifeboat. But sometimes I wonder if films purposely try to shoehorn a 'downer' ending to give the film a little more gravitas -- because god forbid we all take a 'chick flick' seriously.
After the jump: so when did it become a crime to be happy?
The great Orson Welles once said that, "If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.", or put simply: nobody says the good times are going to last forever. But sometimes I like the story to end when things are going good. Personally, I don't mind a happy ending every once in awhile -- romance is just make-believe anyway, right?
So how do you like your love stories? Do you like to end on a downer or would you prefer to see the lovers live happily ever after?