Is it just me? Or are you sick of festive TV schmaltz too? asks MARION McGILVARY
- Marion McGilvary says streaming services want to transport us to fantasyland
- She admits to preferring to watch the oldies instead of festive romcoms
- British writer argues happy-ever-after films make you feel envious
It seems as though all you have to do is put on a Christmas jumper and a square-jawed daytime TV actor will turn up to sweep you off your fur-booted feet and into a winter wonderland of love. Well, at least as far as Netflix is concerned.
Never have our screens been quite so knee-deep in ‘holiday’ movies, apparently all set in the same cutesy New England town where it always snows, and the heroine, who owns her own cupcake store/inn/dog grooming parlour, finds her soulmate just in time for Santa to ‘ho ho ho’ his way to her wreath-laden door.
In these challenging times, streaming services seemingly want to transport us to fantasyland, with enough saccharine Hallmark movies to put us into a diabetic coma.
Marion McGilvary argues streaming services should air oldies such as Little Women and A Wonderful Life (file image)
I’m as fond of the notion of a magical Christmas as the next romantic fool — why else would my house look like Santa’s Grotto?
But nobody wants to have a daily diet of the telly equivalent of Dairy Milk. You need some dark, 70 per cent cocoa in there.
Nobody wants to have a daily diet of the telly equivalent of Dairy Milk
All that happy-ever-after and expensive real estate doesn’t make you feel better, it makes your molars hurt from a combination of sugar and envy. Especially when compared with many families’ reality of isolation and less cash to splash.
Not that I’m arguing for films full of reality — just fewer empty calories.
So spare me the festive romcoms, I’d rather watch the oldies: Little Women, It’s A Wonderful Life, or anything with Muppets in it.
And I mean the proper furry Muppets. Not the ones wearing plaid and cutting down a Douglas fir inside a palatial snow globe, drinking hot cocoa in his ’n’ hers novelty Christmas mugs. Bah, humbug to that slush!