The Love Formula on TV and why it Blows

Have you noticed the TV love formula? If you haven't, let me point out Hollywood's view on "love", I mean really, if anyone knows what love is, it's the seven jaded writers sitting in a room all day hopped up on coffee. I know, right?

Formula 1: Love Rarely Acknowledged.
You know the one...the couple has chemistry, but something keeps them from being together. You as the audience member know they are perfect for one another, but somehow they aren't able to connect, something always keeps them apart; their inability to communicate, an ex back in the picture, work, fear, blah blah blah. You know they will never be together until the series finale, so we won't have to watch them screw it up. Hollywood writer you don't seem to have a real working knowledge of what a happy relationship looks like - long term, do ya?

Formula 2: Love with Wacky Hijinx.
Sure it's fun to see happy relationships, as long as they frequent coffee shops and have terrible ideas they hide from one another. Let me guess, you're girlfriend/ wife never puts out enough? Oh, tsk, tsk. Dear Hollywood writer, how out of the box you're thinking. What? You think you're a cool Dad and all the kids in the neighbourhood secretly think you're the best Dad ever? How did they know, er I mean, ya you totally are. Let's not forget your sex crazed best friend who is richer than Oprah, don't you wish you were him/her?

Formula 3: The Sexual Escapades of High School Students.
Clearly Hollywood writers didn't get it in high school because it seems that is the part of their childhood they most want to revisit. Hey, lets make it more fun, by having these kids sing and dance, too! Or maybe they'll wear designer clothes and live lives of complete excess, ya good times. Even for escapism, this is nauseating. Hmmm, oh my gosh - teenage vampires having sex! Ya! Cause that sings of love like nothing can. I like this as much as I like 13 year old girls wearing clothes in magazines that they expect 30+ year old women to want to wear.

If we were to stop time right now and some other species was to study our media, what would it say about what we value as a society? I think it would show that we are a people who do not know how to value other people, least of all, ourselves. It would show that when given love, we don't treasure it, instead we challenge it, run from it, sensationalize it, feast upon it, suck it dry, misunderstand it, or/and fear it. That's kinda a big deal.

Even the search for love has become a Gladiator tournament where you compete for love. I can't think of worse way to discover love. Like it's a contest only one individual wins. If you believe what the Bible says...that love is patient and kind; is never jealous, love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offense, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people's sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. Loves does not end...then you soon realize that the formula for love on TV is about winning a partner, rarely, if ever, is about experiencing what love truly is. A distinction, I feel I need to communicate to my daughter on a daily basis with words and with my actions in my own love story.

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