Movies

So, this is an old short narrative that I wrote a while back (In June 2010) and I still find it interesting 🙂 Let me know what you think!…if there’s anyone out there listening haha 😉

Gwen looked over at her best friend, James, with eyes fuming, but not directed at him. Instead, her hatred was pointed at the movie that had just ended. She stared incredulously at the blank screen as white lettering began to scroll across it. She could not believe the lies that were just spoon fed to her. And even more unbelievable was that she had held her mouth wide open for the lies to be shoveled in one by one.

“These people make fools of themselves and people call it love”, she blurted out. James cocked his head in her direction with one eyebrow raised. She turned her attention to him to further explain herself. “These characters are reproduced every week in a new movie by a different name and the people behind them- the liars- earn thousands of millions of dollars for it. It’s messed up!”

James nodded, understanding her frustration.

Still she continued, “How am I supposed to know that all of her problems were fixed and they lived happily ever after? How do I know that this white knight is the ‘exception’ or the free ticket out of a hellish tangle of dates and won’t just become another ‘guy’ and break her heart like everyone else sooner or later?”

She knew the answer to her own question before she even asked it.

“I guess you can’t,” James tried, “Movies aren’t based out of life.”

“I know, I know…it’s just frustrating! All the lies. Movies tell you that ‘he’ will ‘always be there’, but in real life, when you fall and trip somewhere, odds are a handsome hero is not going to be there. When you feel terrible at school in a class you have no friends in and you leave to ‘go to the bathroom’, facts and experience tell you that you are not going to run into ‘him’ as he holds you tight and tells you everything is fine. Actually, the truth is, that hallway will probably be deserted as will the next and the next. Prince Charming is too busy spreading lies through Hollywood to actually be true.”

James smirked at his friend’s cynicism and yet, he felt a slight stab from her words, being a guy himself. But he couldn’t tell her she was wrong because he knew she had seen this first hand. Still, he couldn’t help but wonder if the movies could be right just once and he could be the one to be there in the right place at the right time. James decided to voice his own, slightly more optimistic, opinion.

“Movies are dreams that every director and audience member wishes could be reality. They’re not saying that it’s real, they’re saying they wish it was,” he concluded, silently agreeing with these wishes. “Come on, let’s get out of here.”

And with that, the two friends left the dark theater that was filled with impossible dreams and trudged back to reality, one with hopes and the other with fears, but both wishing they could stay a little while longer.

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