The Lost City puts some respect on the romance novel
Sandra Bullock’s latest romantic comedy, The lost cityapproaches the romance novel with respect, a far cry from the reception given to women’s entertainment for decades.
For years, men abandoned interests and objects as soon as women began to take a liking to them. High heels, which were originally men’s shoestheir tumultuous relationship with the Beatlesfemale interest in quite despise subjects and women who love their targets.
In The lost citywomen-targeted interests are taking center stage and finally getting the respect they deserve, but that has been a long time coming.
A perfect example of this phenomenon is one of the biggest non-superhero franchises to hit the big screen: dusk.
When dusk became a runaway success in 2008 after the release of the first film, it became very clear who the audience for the film was. It was reported at the time that New Moonthe second film in the series, attracted an audience that was 80% women, half of whom are under 21.
Despite his great success, he became one of the Hollywood’s Biggest Punching Bagsbeing ridiculed by the regulars of the move SNL. The vapid hatred for the film seemed to outweigh the quality of the product, which was of a similar quality to another franchise released around the same time: Transformers.
The critical reception for Transformers was roughly equal to duskit’s, with both franchises finding their films living well below the 50% line on Rotten Tomatoes. Why the huge difference in reaction from our popular culture?
YouTuber Lindsay Ellis presented a theory in her 2018 YouTube video titled “Dear Stephanie Meyer,”: The gender of the audience determined the reaction.
This theory, which has been taken up and repeated many times throughout history by many different thinkers of the genre, seems to hold water. This year again, men have reclaimed the star of the dusk movies, Robert Pattinson, because he’s now moved on to the Batmanleaving the ‘cringe’ of dusk behind him.
Hailed as the “best batman“, he has become an icon for men who are interested in Batman and superhero movies. Although I totally agree that Pattinson is an incredible actor who deserves the praise, I thought that during his dusk days too, how many men praising him for The Batman would ever admit the same?
A similar situation occurred with the Beatles, now considered one of the most iconic and influential bands of all time. The Beatles’ career began with a kind of boy band craze that we would now associate with bands like One Direction, with young women obsessed with the band. When their fans were young women, they were not taken seriously, often seen as the object of affection of hysterical girls.
In the late 1960s, when they officially branched out into more psychedelic music and lost their teenage fantasy, their fan base has also changed and were taken seriously as musical artists without their cacophony of female fans.
The shaming of women for their interests and the shaming of the interests themselves has been happening for decades. But Aaron and Adam Nee’s 2022 film The lost city finally tackles it on film.
How The Lost City Addresses
The lost city follows romance novelist Loretta Sage as she gets kidnapped after the release of her latest book. Her cover model, Alan Caprison, sets out to find her, taking them both on an adventure straight out of his novels. Although the film does not focus on the concept of traditionally female interests and society’s reactions to them, it does come across in a major way.
At the start of the film, during Loretta’s first stop on her book tour, she is less than receptive to making an event with Alan and mocks her novel’s fans for their attachment to Alan’s character and the books. themselves. Later, in the jungle, she has a conversation with Alan about it.
He tells Loretta that he might just be a model on the cover of her books, but the reaction he’s getting from fans tells him he’s doing something right. He reveals that he was ashamed of being on the cover of romance novels and tried to avoid his friends for fear of being mocked on the covers. However, a meeting with an avid fan changed his mind. The way people are inspired or healed by the escapades of her character, Dash, in Loretta’s novels is not something to be ashamed of, but something to be proud of.
Although he’s not the focus of the film, it’s still incredibly important to see him discussed on screen. Romance novels in particular, which have been considered fodder for young women for decadeshave a reputation that we were surprised to see avoided in this film.
Even with Loretta’s attitude at the opening of the film, the rest of the film doesn’t waste time poking fun at the genre, the fans, or the act of writing a romance novel. It embraces the genre wholeheartedly, and Alan’s advocacy of fans of the genre went beyond what most other films would.
See a huge movie like The lost city, which was most definitely a romantic comedy but was also marketed as an adventure film, tackling the contempt and disrespect that surrounds entertainment marketed (or embraced) by women was incredible. Even though we have seen very recent examples of “mentrification”, with Robert Pattinson, I hope that one day society will be able to respect the interests of women without having to have the support of other men to do so.
The lost city now playing in theaters.