Based on the following movies: 13 going on 30, Sweet Home Alabama and Raising Helen.
A woman is portrayed having a high-profile and glamourous job centred around fashion. She is a super-star at what she does and has an entire universe of friends based around this job. Best friends, Bosses who love her, mentors, etc. This kind of life is not one that most small girls dream about but is instead wish fulfillment for the grown women watching the movie, who presumably have less-than-exciting jobs. The heroine is always impeccably dressed. She has all the right accessories and many pairs of shoes. Her hair is always perfectly coiffed and her make-up is always professionally applied, these are things that women have been taught they want through various medias including magazines, television and movies like the ones I’m talking about.
In the course of the movie the heroine begins to realise that there is something important missing from her glamourous life. This can vary but always is related to the traditional dreams of women: Marriage to the Right Man, becoming a Mother, having a Pink House.
She makes some mistakes along the way and eventually forsakes her glamour life for the Real Thing, which may be less glamourous but makes her happy.
Why do I love these movies so much?
I love to watch them, I guess it’s the fantasy thing: These women ARE all good looking, they have fantastic lives and they end up happy. It makes me feel good to watch them. I get the warm fuzzies as if it’s my life that’s ending happily ever after.
One reason that Legally Blonde was a triumph is that Reese gave up the glamour life of the rich party girl and succeeded academically. However, she didn’t give up her own sense of style, or way of living to do it. She remained a fashion plate and did things her way, proving you can in fact have it both ways.
If you’re a fictional character that is.
This has been a Thursday musing.