i'm thinking about Rabbit Angstrom and how luck and desperation convened on this unimpressive prick.
He could cheat, disappear and run out on Janice, but she would fall in love with him each time, and she would take him back.
He is written as a bit of a louse, a crotchety, bitter yet unflappable guy. modern sensibilities tinged with a vaguely racist and reactionary worldview. And he is likeable, because he is human and he is terribly flawed, and it is reasonable to accept that women love and forgive and fall for him, and that this is a pattern that repeats itself.
It is less believable to see the women who refuse to fall.
That is why PRETTY WOMAN is as realistic as the RABBIT books. Only the movie hides some of the humiliation, though it is directly inferred, since the relationship begins as transaction.
Fantasy is fun, and that is why
I love MS. 45, because the revenge murders are as much wish fulfillment and fantasy as is the fact that she wouldn't love the men who ravage her and the sleazy photographer who would just give her a good bang.
In reality women are no strangers to repeated humiliation.
They are disgusting yet recognizable and they have no one to blame but themselves.
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