Rural Lurve [repost]

Woman in sunflower field

A few months ago, I went on a jolly Christmas binge and watched several holiday romantic comedies. (I wrote about my reactions on Medium.) One prevalent theme was the glorification of rustic simplicity. So often our protagonist can’t find love until he or she leaves a city and heads for the countryside.

Usually the departure is an impetuous one ~ or a complete accident. The protagonist doesn’t even realize they’ve been rushed, overworked, rude, cynical, etc., until they find themselves forced to relax in some charming small town where everyone is kind and helpful and filled with generosity. The message is relentlessly hammered home that city life is bad and rural life is paradise.

This theme annoyed me. I say people are the same everywhere and you can find nice folks in cities as well as bullies in small towns. I should know: I went to high school in a crappy little suburb and had to deal with a lot of jerks. Not to discount the idea that there are mean people in cities! But according to the holiday romcoms, not only are cities bereft of any holiday spirit, but also you can’t find love until you leave.

I guess those scriptwriters never heard of “Silver Bells.”


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24 responses to “Rural Lurve [repost]

  1. Remember. Katz’s Deli is in New York City.

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  2. Yes Paula, quite an American movie and TV script in countless films and shows. I like how you wove the prompt into this post 🙂

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  3. Jerks come from all places sadly. The good news is that so do kind people.

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  4. Gag! I’m getting to where I hate the whole RomCom thing. How many variations of Nicholas Sparks do we need?
    Yes, I’m an annoying optimist most of the the time, but pragmatic me totally agrees, Asswipes and Cool Dudes everywhere.
    I love Silver Bells… dont think I’ve heard Andy Williams version before.💕

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  5. Unfortunately, formula movies, and stories are very common.

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  6. haha – you are so correct that we cannot stereotype abut the city or the country — and the romcoms do!!

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  7. Ah, yes, smalltown America is the kindest, friendliest, most homemade-cookiest of all Americas! Meh. Bitches be everywhere. Same for joy and smiles and bakers. At least “Miracle on 34th Street” takes place in the citiest of cities: New York, New York.

    All that said: I don’t care. I just want my happy ending with a bit of Santa magic thrown in. And, er, that is not meant to be X-rated.

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  8. I think maybe it started with Green Acres, Real McCoys, Andy of Mayberry, Beverly Hillbillies, et al, the idea that rural folk are all plain talking, smart, and always able to outsmart city slickers, which unfortunately set the stage for NASCAR and Trump.

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  9. Lol no I guess not! 😉


  10. I don’t think … l have ever met a real country girl – l have met girls from different countries, but never specifically a girl from a sleepy country village. Your post reminds me of the closing scene in Tom Hank’s Castaway – she is a countrygirl l think, couldn’t get much more country if you tried. But then Sex in the City gave country girls a hop, skip and jump for the hay bale and some of the best girls l ever knew were city girls – there’s just something about heels on sidewalks over Wellington boots squelching in mud….

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