ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: The Ship Has Sailed

The truth behind "love at first sight" relationships.

In almost every romance movie, there is some form of twisted truth regarding love stories. From “Titanic” to “High School Musical,” movies have created unrealistic stereotypes about relationships.

In many of the top selling movies, romances are based solely on a love-at-first-sight story line. James Cameron’s take on the infamous story of the “Titanic” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet is a victim of this occurrence. Although it grossed an astounding two hundred billion dollars since its release in 1997, the iconic love story was merely created as a subplot to add drama and emotion to the real event of the Titanic’s destruction.

“I believe relationships in movies are sometimes anecdotal and unimportant,” senior Benjamin Lee said.

It is far from a true representation of relationships as a whole, since Jack and Rose’s relationship is based on a love-at-first-sight scenario.

While love at first glance may occur in some real relationships, it is rare.

“In real life you usually have to work towards having feelings that strong,” senior Anna Hill said. “In movies, relationships usually follow the same couple of patterns and have the same happy endings.”

Relationships are built on trust and communication, which are achieved over a long term. It seems odd that Jack and Rose are ready to devote their entire lives to each other in only one day.

Romances have flaws and a key aspect of loving someone is accepting those flaws. Sight-based relationships often lack knowledge of a partner’s flaws and other partners. Besides one night stands, which also somewhat occurs in “Titanic,” love-at-first-sight plots lack major fight scenes, heartaches and the two characters are deeply in love without any questioning of morals.

Falling in love is a term that involves getting to know someone inside and out. It is about enduring ups and downs with them and learning their love language.

“You start to use their lingo and be more invested in the time you spend with them,” senior Alexa Waheed said. “You create memories that last forever and you cherish them.”

Real relationships evolve slowly, and move on and build from fights, making them stronger.