MSN.com re-posted a slide show on how romantic comedies have been giving people the wrong idea about relationships and, since I’ve been saying this for years, I feel very validated today. I have never liked romantic comedies. Story-wise, they usually feature people being embarrassed for an hour and a half and often promote stalking. I find neither romantic or comedic and I resent that romantic comedies—and a good number of Ben Stiller movies—do.

Sure, people get beat up by love in the horror movies I adore, but there’s no claim that it’s acceptable behavior. Horror movies don’t make dumb jokes about love being, sometimes, a dark, horrible thing.

Of course I realize that the majority of the population and my gender disagree with me, so I’m reposting the article from TresSugar after the jump. To defeat a beast, you must understand it. I consider it my good deed for the day.

– Elizabeth

1. You just know he’s the one — and you’re right:
We’ve probably all felt this at some point, and most of us have been proven wrong.
2. Change yourself, and he’ll fall head over heels:
How often has the bland girl put on a dress and makeup only to dazzle the guy who didn’t know her name 30 minutes ago. It’s only like the entire plot of Cinderella!
3. Sex solves problems:
Unless the problem is he’d like to have sex right now, then all it will provide is distraction.
4. Playing hard to get works:
In reality, acting disinterested makes him think you’re not interested. He may want you, but he’ll probably be too scared to act.
5. If you run, he’ll follow:
Unless he’s very confident or very clueless, he’s probably not going to make a fool out of himself. Most guys would sooner sit home brokenhearted.
6. You don’t need his number:
He always gets the number in rom-coms, and he always calls. And if he doesn’t, he has a reason that somehow will make you love him more.
7. Love changes him:
Love can conquer anything, right? Pot habits. Video game obsessions. Irregular bathing. Not likely. He may change for a while, but lasting change really needs to be made for the self and not another.
8. Love knows no socioeconomic bounds:
Even if we’re so magnanimous that we can overlook major class, education, and money differences, there’s another person’s insecurities involved. Not to mention money is one of the most common things couples fight over.

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