With this final blog post I will discuss the culmination of BCM210 topics discussion, different types of research, and our second assignment which involves putting this research into practice with a survey and short interview, to test the waters of our topic and deduce what may need amending for the final forms of research.
As I explored in my previous literature review, my group area of research is the progression of romance films through the ages and how they have affected audience’s ideals and perceptions of romance and relationships. We will be focusing on three films that we feel represent three significantly different forms of development in this film genre, An Affair to Remember, Dirty Dancing and Friends With Benefits.
Our group first devised a draft survey that included, amongst others, the following questions:
- Have any romance films influenced your ideas on relationships/romance?
- Do you think the media has an important role in shaping opinions on romance?
- Have you seen any of the following films, An Affair to Remember, Dirty Dancing and Friends with Benefits
From the survey I devised some interview questions and conducted a mock interview with a participant I felt would provide me with some more traditional answers considering the age bracket, the answers I received were as follows:
- Do you think romance films are popular? Why?
- Yes they are very popular, I think it’s because they are teaching the younger generations to focus completely on love and romance, on fluffy feel good things but not realistic things
- do you feel romance films have influenced your own views on romance and relationships
- Yes absolutely, but ultimately for negative reasons, I think they made me feel like I would never be good enough to find love, never pretty enough, or with enough money
- Do you think romance films have influenced society’s views on romance and relationships?
- They have made everything acceptable, they only touch on what the surface of what love is, there is no depth or quality to the relationships they project, they say that you can do whatever you want with whomever you want and everything will work out fine.
- Were there any films in particular that strongly influenced your views on relationships?
- I think Gone with the Wind comes most to mind, it is just so beautiful and lovely and when I was younger I accepted the love and relationships within it, but as I got older realised how unrealistic they were.
I felt it did not prove difficult to transfer the original survey questions to interview form, as this topic is one of content and substance so the survey initially needed questions to obtain more depth than statistics. It is clear from these answers that the participant is a learned individual who while does believe in genuine relationships feels that romantic films do not project the truth, and with this project I very much look forward to hearing the many different sides to this argument and exploring the true influence these films that I so adore have on society.