Paris: City of Heartache?

Do the pop culture icons we associate with romance set us up for disappointment?

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.



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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.