In life, as in relationships, its wise to take the Goldilocks approach to romance. Too much may burn you with heartache and regret; too little might leave you feeling frosty and brittle. Paris, with its romantic reputation, seems to throw this delicate balance well out of whack. Decades of pop culture have done a number on our expectations for the city.
In Revolutionary Road, (movie & book)
The cultural references associated with romantic overload—Valentine's Day and feel-good films, for example—invoke a mean backlash, often involving outcries over the way romantic comedies warp our brains and V-Day serves as an excuse to make Hallmark more money.