I had a friend many years ago who thoroughly disliked the movie Sound of Music. To him it was too sweet, too idyllic, too unbelievable. On the other hand, he liked a gritty motion picture about gangsters and detectives. I told him that the crime movie was just as unbelievable as the musical, and he finally agreed with my assessment. Both movies had over-the top-characters, one set was almost impossibly good, the other irredeemably bad. Both were modern fairy tales, one a “happy ever after” story, the other taken from the darkest pages of the brother’s Grimm.
Why were our reactions to Sound of Music so different? I believe it was because of our different childhood experiences. My friend came from a broken home and a difficult childhood, and he was a cynic. I, on the other hand, was reared in a veritable cocoon of love, had experienced gentility, and I expected good in people. Maria and Captain von Trapp were not so very different from some people I knew. To my friend, however, they were like aliens from a foreign planet.
I still like fairy tales with happy endings.
How about you?