Thursday, May 20, 2010

What Would Carrie Do...part 8

What is it and how does it fit with love?

In season 6 episode 88 the Ick Factor Carrie is having a difficult time wrapping her head around the actions of her new boyfriend Alexander Petrovsky, and Miranda decides to ask Steve to marry her.
The two cynical ladies are both faced with romance.
Carrie can't believe that the poetry and gifts Petrovsky is showering her with are the real deal and Miranda is surprised at herself for wanting a semi-traditional wedding.
The question of the week Carrie asks is "Have we become romance-intolerant?"

Few years ago, I was sitting on the sofa with a new boyfriend. He was younger then I was. And out of nowhere he leaned over, ran his hand gently down my jaw and whispered that he wanted to make love to me.
I fell off the sofa I was laughing so hard. Ends up, he wasn't kidding. He was just trying to be romantic. It seemed it had worked for him in the past (on girls his own age who hadn't thought him anything but smooth) On me, all I could think was "what soap opera are you trying out for?"

Being a writer myself, I've been in the center of things when it's come to poetry readings (used to do them all the time in high school ) so for me that's work not love.

Have we become such a cynical tribe in the last 30 years that when the grand gesture is given we think it's a bucket of dren? Where is the link between cheesy and romantic and how do we know we've crossed it?