Why do we obsess on stories of love between a rich person and a poor one? (Malay) dramas that you watch on t.v. usually play on the theme of “kampung girl” marrying an upscale playboy turned goody-goody two shoes when he meets her at an office where she happens to be working for him. The recipe has always been the same for most (Malay) dramas:
Poor girl goes into the city to find a job. She finds a job and the boss of the company happens to be an attractive 20++ something guy who had just gotten promoted to become a CEO of the company because the father (or mother, or both) says he could. Guy treats girl badly at first but slowly he realizes what a helpless, patient, kind, lovely, and innocent girl she really is and he starts to develop feelings for her. But wait! The guy of course has a bitchy ass of a girlfriend who’d do anything to show off how lucky she is to have a guy like him. Bitchy girlfriend finds out that the boyfriend has a little somethin’ somethin’ with the helpless and pathetic poor girl that the bitchy girlfriend torments the pathetic poor girl. Instead of playing on the feminist card where both girls could just play games with the guy in question, the writers choose to go for a more “conventional” story line; merely to satisfy the audiences’ taste of course. Complications, yada, yada, yada. Guy and poor girl gets married and she lives fabulously happy in a glorious estate with a husband who could be cheating on her with another, younger girl once he gets his “Datuk-ship” or “Tan Sri-ship”. But that’s another story.
Or nowadays, the most prized and typical story line goes something like this: Girl marries rapist and rapist turns out to be sweet, rich, handsome and perfect so they end up living happily ever after. Don’t get me started on this one. Who thinks of a story about a woman finally being happily married with her rapist? It is o.k that a woman marries her rapist, just as long as he’s sweet, rich and handsome like Aaron Aziz. HOW MANY PEOPLE ACTUALLY EXPERIENCE THIS? WHERE DO WRITERS GET SUCH AN IDEA?!
We have been exposed with the idea that the best love story involves a rich individual with a poor individual for so long that I guess it’s hard to do a story about a poor guy and poor girl getting married and having children together and actually being happy about it. Cinderella ring any bells in your head? Sure, they are people who end up marrying someone rich, but how many of us actually do?
Can’t dramas show a little more truth in their story? Love doesn’t exist between the rich only. Can’t you just show a story about a small time reporter marrying a teacher and they live happily ever after, even if their budget’s a little too tight every month? Can you stop showing stories about “datuks and datins”, victims falling in love with their rapists, helpless girl falling for rich guy, or about people living in huge ass mansions, or about poor girl who looks like she’s been to a salon the first day she’s out in the city, or about a handsome guy falling for a gorgeous girl, or about rich, gorgeous people falling for poor, pathetic characters who seem to have no back bone and all they can do is be nice because that’s what their one-dimensional characters are supposed to do? Not all of us live that way – unfortunately.
I don’t want to blame the writers 100% for the kind of dramas we have on t.v. right now. I think the director and audiences play a crucial role too. I mean, even if you have written this really sweet, touching and true story about love, but if people do not like it, why bother writing about it in the first place? It is all about mentality. And this mentality has to stop.
I know all of us dream of being rich, or being married to someone rich but that does not have to be translated on every single drama we have on television. Feed us with something more realistic, tangible, something that we all can relate to. Love comes in many forms and it happens to people from all walks of life. Why not show those kind of love stories instead?
But I guess people love the typical things you know. People love the idea of being married to someone rich and living the perfect life with no worries in the world. Who wouldn’t want to live that way? I certainly would love to – but that’s a different story. What I am trying to say is that I wish (Malay) t.v. series or dramas or Samarinda or whatever you want to call it, I wish they play a more realistic story of love.
But this is just me. Who cares what I think? Pfft.