It’s time to set some things straight. Whenever I admit that I am an avid watcher of the CW’s One Tree Hill I catch a lot of grief, especially from guys. So it got me thinking, ‘Why do I watch this show?’ It’s not the drama, because believe me, I can do without the 35 minute, suspenseful “Nanny Carrie” incident. And I’d rather the show just do away with Dan Scott once and for all. It’s not for the “cute guys”, there are better looking men in show biz. And I’m honestly completely over the whole Lucas-Peyton-Brooke-PLEASE PICK SOMEBODY love triangle. So what does that leave?? The core substance of the show of course:
Yes, I am a Nathan and Haley fan. And why?? It’s simple, it’s every girl’s dream couple. What girl doesn’t hope that they can find that perfectly misunderstood bad-boy. The guy who shuts everyone out, but can only be understood by them. The guy that you reform from a struggling teenage boy, to the man who will take care of you for the rest of your life. Yes, that is the essence of Nathan and Haley Scott. The popular jock-jerk met the intelligent, independent tutor girl and they fell in love and she changed his heart. Is it such a bad thing to root for fantasy true love?
For someone like me who lost most belief in true love due parental divorce, it’s refreshing to see couples that make you believe in love again (even if they aren’t real). It restores that faith that just maybe, that perfect someone is still out there. The one who will be able to accept you for who you are, and be the complement to your strengths and weaknesses. That one person who just understands and above all loves you just the way you are.
It’s the reason we fall for sappy romantic comedies like Must Love Dogs or Say Anything. But they don’t all have to be sappy, for instance my fave is the attitude-fueled 10 Things I Hate About You. It’s about believing that even in this crazy twisted world, there is still some good, and people can change for the better. And this doesn’t mean every girl wants a guy she can ‘whip’ into the “perfect man”, but someone who can see the error in their ways if necessary, and overcome the hype to become the better man.
So next time you think about teasing those who get engrossed in TV dramas, remember that it may be for less superficial reasons than you think. Maybe it’s just our way of figuring out what we want in life, what we hope for in life, and enjoying that even though it’s pure entertainment, it’d be nice to have the idea happily ever after fairy tale true love. No it may not be exactly realistic, but a girl can dream can’t she??