I don't mind formulas much, but I'm a little picky on which are acceptable. The one I particularly hate is that adopted by too many romantic comedies:
- lover meets lover (okay so far)
- lover does not tell lover something important (shit's about to happen)
- lover finds out, and being more than a little sad, breaks up (I really hate this part because it spoils the oft-cheerful mood; I hate it also because it feels so fucking artificial and unrealistic, and makes some character look all uptight, unreasonable and/or unforgiving)
- lover forgives lover (now that's real cheesy, and annoyingly predictable)
Now I seriously don't understand this formula thing. Maybe I'm too stupid to realise it's what audiences like, that if they go watch a movie in this genre, and find it doesn't follow the formula, they get displeasure and the movie loses money. Fuck them if that's the case! It pisses me off most especially because I tend to really enjoy some these movies, and now I have to withstand this shit, just so I can get to the good parts. So sad. I must get a life. Or I must just stay away from Hollywood romantic comedies, and risk missing out on true gems.