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Advocate editorial board opinion: Watching Hollywood's cheesy movies isn't real romance

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 13, 2012 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2012 at 8:14 p.m.


Valentine's Day is here.

And while many people are putting the final touches on their big plans for today or settling down at home with a tub of ice cream and their favorite Jane Austen novel, the movie rental company Redbox decided they would try to be cute and released a list of the Top 10 Most Romantic and Least Romantic cities in the United States. And wouldn't you know it, Victoria is listed as the fourth least romantic city in the country.

How did they decide this? It's simple. It all depends on how many romantic comedies were rented in each city during 2011. And by that pseudo-logic, the Midwest is the most romantic region in the United States, with La Crosse, Wis., leading the way.

But as we perused this list, we noticed a disturbing trend. Not only did our own Victoria get the short end of the stick, but the majority of the "least romantic cities" are in the South, with four Texas cities in the top six! Poor Laredo has been the least romantic city for the past two years! Those not in the South are all found in the Western United States, including Las Vegas.

But we Southerners know the truth. We are a passionate people. We're too busy going out and LIVING romance to waste time standing in front of a big plastic box renting sub-par movies Hollywood spits out every few months. While people in the Midwest may just not have much else to do on a date night, we have our own special ways to express our love.

We will take our loved ones on a romantic picnic or cook a delicious dinner together and light some candles. Besides, while our economy works to recover, we understand there are better things to spend our money on than wasting a few hours watching Katherine Heigl or Jennifer Aniston do the same things they do in every other movie.

So we say to Redbox, keep your cheesy romantic comedies! Who needs them when we've got life to live?

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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